Yes! Both medical and recreational marijuana are legal in the state of Vermont. Vermont first legalized medical marijuana back in 2004 with the passing of Senate Bill 76. In 2018, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed Bill House Bill 511, officially legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. With the bill’s signing, Vermont became the 9th state in the US to allow recreational use and the first state to legalize via legislation rather than via popular vote.
While recreational cannabis use is legalized, the law does not allow medical marijuana dispensaries to sell recreational cannabis, so consumers are still unable to purchase at a dispensary. However, the Vermont House of Representatives recently gave initial approval to legislation which would help set up recreational sales in the state. That being said, there are still several steps to be made before the governor can sign anything into law. For now, recreational consumers will have to wait to legally purchase cannabis at a dispensary.
Even though both recreational and medicinal marijuana are legalized in Vermont, only medical patients can purchase cannabis at one of five dispensaries in the state. Although the Marijuana Advisory Commission in the state has made recommendations for recreational dispensaries and the House of Representatives has given initial approval of a new bill, nothing has been put into legislation as of now.
Medical marijuana patients and caregivers are able to purchase cannabis from 1 of 5 dispensaries that have been approved by the Vermont Marijuana Registry (VMR). Patients must have a valid MMJ card from the VMR, and can only purchase from their designated dispensary. Furthermore, patients can only change their dispensary designation every 30 days.
Vermont’s medicinal marijuana dispensaries are able to provide patients with delivery service, as long as they are delivering only to their designated patients. There are strict guidelines and rules that delivery drivers and dispensaries must adhere to, with all deliveries being well documented. It is unclear whether delivery will be a part of any future plans for recreational use.
While there are no restricted hours for dispensaries to be open, most are open from 9-10 AM and close between 4-5 PM. Note that patients are required to schedule an appointment in advance, with most dispensaries having availability within 24-48 hours. Be sure to check wheresweed.com for hours and dispensary listings.
Medicinal patients with a valid MMJ card are able to purchase up to a total of 2 ounces of usable marijuana at a time, and cannot purchase more within 30 days. This includes edible products and concentrates as well.
As stated previously, there has not been legislation put in place in regards to purchasing marijuana for recreational consumption.
With no restrictions on products offered in medicinal dispensaries, patients have access to the full spectrum of cannabis products. Whether you’re looking for quality bud, great concentrates, or some homemade edibles, the medicinal dispensaries will have it all.
While recreational marijuana has been legalized, as of yet there is no legislation allowing sales in Vermont. This might change, however, with a new amendment from the House of Representatives which passed initial approval. The amendment proposes a 14% excise tax on retail sales and a 6% sales tax, for a combined 20%.
Luckily for patients, there are currently no state sales taxes on marijuana in Vermont. This helps make cannabis accessible to all those in need of this medicine.
Medicinal marijuana patients in Vermont are able to possess up to 2 ounces of combined bud, concentrates, and edibles at once. Furthermore, patients may cultivate up to 9 plants at one time, with no more than 2 allowed to be mature. If a patient chooses to purchase bud from a dispensary, they are not able to cultivate as well.
While recreational sales have not been approved, possession of marijuana for recreational purposes is legal. Adults over 21 without an MMJ card may have up to one ounce of marijuana or 5 grams of hashish. Recreational users may also have up to 2 mature plants or 4 immature plants for cultivation.
In Vermont, consuming marijuana is prohibited in many places. The law states that marijuana use can only be done in individual dwellings. A general rule is if you cannot smoke cigarettes, you cannot smoke marijuana. Below are the specific rules of where you can and cannot smoke.
Areas in Vermont that DO NOT allow the use of marijuana:
Areas in Vermont that DO allow the use of marijuana:
Considering marijuana is still illegal on a federal level in the United States, it is illegal to possess or consume marijuana on federal lands. It should also be noted that it is illegal to consume marijuana in any public space in Vermont, so it’s best to keep it at home.
As of now, those with medical marijuana cards are the only people in the state of Vermont capable of purchasing marijuana in a dispensary. Patients must have a valid MMJ card to purchase and must choose a designated dispensary. Once approved, medical marijuana patients may buy up to 2 ounces of usable marijuana product every 30 days. Patients are also able to change their designated dispensary every 30 days.
Applying for a medical marijuana card in Vermont is not too difficult. Potential patients must simply go throw the below steps to be approved for a card:
At the moment, Vermont does not offer reciprocity with any other state for medical marijuana purchases.
Consumers carrying marijuana in their car should keep it in the trunk or in a locked glove box. If there is no trunk in the vehicle, behind the back seat is acceptable, as long as it is not within reach of the driver. It is advised to keep marijuana in a sealed container while driving as well.
In Vermont, it is highly illegal to drive while under the influence of marijuana. Drivers found to be high by a Drug Recognition Evaluator (often a police officer) can face a criminal penalty of up to $750 and two years in prison for the first offense. It should be noted that passengers may not light up in a car, considering the driver could inhale secondhand smoke.
While marijuana is illegal on a federal level, driving across state lines is illegal. If you’re planning on crossing the border to Canada, be sure to leave your cannabis at home - crossing the border with marijuana is also a federal crime.
Growing marijuana in Vermont is perfectly legal. Medical marijuana patients are able to grow up to 9 plants at one time. There are restrictions on the maturity of the plants, however, with only two allowed to be mature at one time. Furthermore, medical marijuana patients choosing to purchase cannabis from a dispensary are not able to grow their own.
Although there has been no system in place for adult-use consumers to purchase seeds, recreational users may also have up to 2 mature plants or 4 immature plants for cultivation.