Is Weed Legal In Vermont? — A Breakdown Of Vermont’s Cannabis Laws
Following the West Coast’s lead, Vermont began looking into medicinal marijuana in the early 2000s. By 2004, both the House and Senate successfully passed SB 76, which created Vermont’s MMJ Registry under the VT Department of Public Health.
Today, patients in Vermont with a doctor’s approval could apply for an MMJ card. Once approved, MMJ cardholders could hire a caretaker or purchase marijuana from one state-approved medical dispensary. While MMJ patients could change their dedicated dispensary, they will have to pay a small fee. Patients are also allowed to store and use cannabis in a private residence.
Throughout the 2010s, VT lawmakers made several attempts to legalize adult-use recreational weed. However, it wasn’t till 2018 that Montpellier legislators ratified H. 511 (aka Act 86). Under this revolutionary law, adults in Vermont could own and use cannabis on their private property. H. 511 also established the Cannabis Control Board to investigate and regulate the state’s new weed industry.
While H. 511 allows adults to possess, grow, and use small quantities of cannabis, it didn’t legalize recreational marijuana sales. However, state legislators are putting the finishing touches on a recreational dispensary program. If all goes according to plan, legal weed shops should start opening in 2022.