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Vermont Adult-Use Legalization Takes Effect Sunday

Vermont’s adult-use cannabis laws take effect this weekend; Vermont was the first state to legalize via the legislature instead of a ballot initiative.

Starting Sunday, July 1 adults in Vermont will be able to possess up to one ounce of cannabis and home grow up to six cannabis plants, two of which may be mature and up to four immature. Adults will also be able to possess in their home the full weight of cannabis harvests they perform. The law also introduces penalties for driving under the influence of cannabis with enhanced penalties for driving under the influence with a minor in the car.

“The majority of Vermonters, like the majority of the American public, desire to live in a community where responsible adults who choose to consume cannabis are no longer criminalized or stigmatized. Vermont lawmakers and Gov. Scott are to be recognized for responding to the will of the voters, rather than choosing to ignore them. Vermont is leading by example. Lawmakers in other states would be wise to follow.” — Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, in a press release

The law was signed into effect by Republican Gov. Phil Scott in January; the governor had indicated support for the bill even before it reached his desk.

“This is a libertarian approach. I’ve said I’m not philosophically opposed to it. I know there are diverse opinions … as to whether we should move forward, but I still firmly believe that what you do in your own home should be your business, as long as it doesn’t affect someone else.” — Gov. Phil Scott, via Seven Days.

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