MONTPELIER, Vt. (July 2, 2018) – Yesterday, a new law allowing the recreational use of marijuana goes into effect in Vermont. Gov. Phil Scott signed the bill despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threats to ramp up enforcement. This new law represents a stinging rebuke from the state of Vermont against federal marijuana prohibition.
House Bill 511 (H.511) allows adults 21 or older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana (currently a civil offense punishable by a maximum fine of $500) and grow up to six plants, two of them mature, per household. Growers also may keep at home whatever quantity of marijuana those plants produce. Growing one or two plants is currently a misdemeanor, while growing more than that is a felony.
The Burlington Free Press published an article outlining what you need to know about the new law.
H.511 does not allow commercial production and distribution for the recreational market.
Scott, a Republican elected in 2016, has appointed a commission to study that issue. According to analyst Jacob Sullum of Reason Magazine, Scott is not keen on commercialization and vetoed a previous legalization bill last May. In a message to the General Assembly, …
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