Marijuana will become legal for adults in Vermont on Sunday, making it the ninth state to lift its prohibition on adult marijuana use (in addition to D.C.) and the first to do so via the legislative process.
H. 5111 was approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Phil Scott in January. It eliminates the state’s civil penalty for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and removes penalties for cultivation of up to two mature marijuana plants and four immature plants by adults 21 and older. A more detailed summary of the law is available here.
“Vermonters are ready to end marijuana prohibition,” said Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, which has been lobbying in Vermont since 2003. “Gov. Scott and the Legislature deserve a great deal of credit for listening to their constituents and moving forward with this first phase of legalization. Adults shouldn’t be punished for using a substance less harmful than alcohol, and starting July 1 they no longer will be in the Green Mountain State.
“Now that marijuana is