Vermont Becomes the Ninth State to Legalize Adult Marijuana Possession and Personal Cultivation

  • by NORML January 22, 2018

    Vermont Legalizes MarijuanaRepublican Gov. Phil Scott has signed legislation (H. 511) into law legalizing the use and cultivation of marijuana by adults. Vermont is the ninth state to statutorily permit adults to possess marijuana for personal use, and it is the first state to enact these reforms via legislative action rather than by the passage of a voter-initiated ballot measure.

    “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,” said NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano. “Governor Scott should be recognized for helping to provide Vermonters with a path forward at a time when many elected officials elsewhere are clinging to the failed policies of the past.”

    The forthcoming law, which takes effect on July 1 of this year, eliminates civil penalties specific to the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis, and also removes criminal penalties with regard to the private cultivation of six marijuana plants (two mature and up to four immature). Those who cultivate marijuana for their own personal use may possess at home the total quantity of their harvest.

    The measure also imposes new civil penalties for consuming cannabis while driving, and imposes additional penalties for those who operate a motor vehicle impaired with a minor in the vehicle.

    The Governor vetoed similar legislation in 2017, but had consistently indicated since then that he was willing to reconsider his position.

    Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and the District of Columbia have also legalized marijuana use by adults.

    34 responses to “Vermont Becomes the Ninth State to Legalize Adult Marijuana Possession and Personal Cultivation”

    1. Matt says:

      one more thing, we need New Hampshire next! All of NE

    2. Matt says:

      The article claims they were ‘surprised.” Nebraska needs to WAKE UP and legalize.


    3. Kenneth Arthur Peterson says:

      So my question is “What is considered an adult for Marijuana use. Since drinking as an adult at ages 18-20 is not legal even though adults, confusing as that is plain and simple discrimation against age…. An adult is an adult, yes or no. marijuana legal then so should drinking, or make it all age say 20 to vote, drink, smoke, or smoke dope,

    4. Dain Bramage says:

      This is harm reduction. And that’s a good thing.

      The first priority is to stop the arrests. Arrest and criminality is the first threat to medical marijuana patients, other than their own medical problems.

      So now, the money-grubbers can fight over the profits made on the backs of sick and ailing patients. Republican Governor Phil Scott has nixed dispensaries, a dick move which hurts patients. Thanks, asshole!

      I don’t really give a fuck one way or the other about benefits to Corporate America, or tax revenue for the government. But patients need a safe, reliable place to buy weed. They need dispensaries. It is heartless and unreasonable to expect an ailing medical marijuana patient to have the time and resources to buy grow lights and seeds and to learn to be a farmer.

      Wonderful news, overall. But, as usual, it is Republican intransigence is fucking things up.

      Fuck Trump and his Republicans!

    5. Michael says:

      I’m very happy for them and NJ better be the 10th. We are tired of waiting on unfulfilled promises made by ELECTED officials.

    6. Julian says:

      Another benefit from this action in Vermont I had forgotten about but kept at heart is how encouraged other state legislatures will become as Vermont courageously tests the waters of our federal courts, tests this hostile and treasonous administration and federal Congress. Particularly we here in Texas and other states without voter initiatives can and will use this momentum during the 2019 legislative session.

      What I would really love to see is a federal judge grant 12-year-old Texan Alexis Bortell her 1st amendment right to travel to Texas next year and testify in the Health Committee to legalize whole plant mmj for all doses and strains. Sessions won’t have words or actions to sway the jury much less the committee from her testimony.

      Reading the news this morning about a tsunami warning in Alaska, the government sent a text message to people stating “Tsunami warning…” ending in “just go high.” I chuckled. Is that the warning we should be sending the Trump administration? “Green and Blue Tsunami approaching! Just go High!” (Damn, Im using that on my next marijuana march sign…)

      But they just dont get it. AG Sessions continues to attack our FBI… WHILE HE himself is under investigation! Glad to see the FBI standing up for themselves… but I wonder… have we become so jaded with hubris from propaganda and technology that the only ones to survive this “Green and Blue Tsunami” will be the people who take warning not only from electronic message but from their own heart and instincts? When birds are flocking to shore and the water is receding, will this administration stand before the tsunami in disbelief… awaiting distant orders from a dark Russian city far away from the danger that bates them with their own greed to deny their own demise?

    7. Julian says:



      Sessions got DEPOSED by Mueller!

      We were wondering if this was the reason why Sessions didn’t crack down on us after the shutdown!

      MM! MM! MMMMN!!! This $#!+ is gettin GOOD now!
      The Keebler Elf just crawled into his wicked little Keebler tree to hide from the great Orange Menace that’s about to SQUEEEZE the Keebler right OUT of his little Keebler EARS!!
      But try as Drumph might to find out how ol Keebler spilled the dough, the one whose got all the answers now is Mueller.

      Howz that old song by Def Leppard go?

      “TOO LATE!
      TOO LATE!

    8. Matt says:

      Meanwhile, in backwards ND:

      GET ON THE GROUND…dodo do dooo GET ON THAT GROUND, do do do DO!

      Sigh…wake up, North Dakota…


    9. the truth is; says:

      what does this mean ????

      1. The measure also imposes new civil penalties for consuming cannabis WHILE driving,

      2. and imposes additional penalties for those who operate a motor vehicle IMPARED…

      re; 1.; WHILE DRIVING;
      i agree.
      smoke all you want,
      THEN drive.
      NOT at the same time.
      it is TOO DISTRACTING.

      just like texting WHILE driving,
      or using a cell phone WHILE driving,
      can be dangerous.

      do it FIRST;
      then go drive safely.
      multiple studies show pot smokers drive more carefully, than other drivers do.

      re; 2.; operating a motor vehicle while IMPARED…

      i agree.

      BUT !!!!

      “IMPAREMENT” from marijuana only occurs in NOVICE SMOKERS.

      long time smokers, present NO DANGER.

      if they mean ANYTHING,
      OTHER than that,
      i dissagree.

      people drive on prescription drugs that are WAY STRONGER THAN MARIJUANA,
      every day,
      and they do not face automatic arrest for this.

    10. gutter butter says:

      Great news! Another domino falls..

      I don’t like how they aren’t setting up a framework for stores; similar to DC. I dunno it just seems it’s encouraging a black market if it’s legal and you can grow it but nowhere to buy it? But certainly a step in the right direction and better than the status quo!

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