Vermont Goes Green-er

Vermont Goes Green-er

Here at The Sugar Leaf, nothing makes us quite as happy as another state legalizing recreational weed. Now that Vermont has joined the growing list of “green” states, what does it mean for residents in the Green Mountain State?  

This just in — Vermont has become the latest state to legalize recreational weed! Now that we’ve taken a moment to celebrate, let’s get down to brass tacks. No two legalization processes are the same, so how does Vermont’s approach to legal cannabis differ from other states?

A Personal Matter

As with many other states, the key elements of Vermont’s approach to legalization refer specifically to how much weed a person may possess or grow. In Vermont, each person over age 21 may legally possess up to an ounce of weed and six pot plants, two mature, and four immature plants. Cannabis grown at home must be shielded from public view, and any weed harvested from personal plants will not count toward the ounce maximum as long as it is stored on-site and indoors. In order to grow plants at home, written permission from the property owner is required.

Don’t Fight the Law

Employers in Vermont are treating recreational weed the same way they treat alcohol consumption. Just as with alcohol, employees may not show up to work under the influence and consuming cannabis in a moving vehicle will result in arrest.

Additionally, possessing more than the allowed one ounce or six plants may result in a fine or six months in jail. More serious penalties may be levied for individuals older than 21 who purchase cannabis for minors, starting with two years jail time and a $2,000 fine.

A Bright Future

Now that we’ve covered most of the legal aspects of legalization, here’s the fun part: Dispensaries are already starting to pop up across Vermont. The bill for legalization just went into effect on July 1, and it seems the state is already welcoming it’s latest foray into legal weed.