click to enlarge Sara Tabin The celebration is on At 11:05 a.m. on Sunday, seven people were sweating on Flynn Avenue in Burlington, waiting for a shuttle to take them to the Heady Vermont Legalization Celebration in Johnson.
They joked among one another that they shouldn’t have expected a bus for a pot party to, well, be on time. One man offered the others hits on his “doobie” and they smoked in a circle, debating whether the parking lot would count as a public place under Vermont’s new cannabis law.
Sunday, July 1 marked the first day cannabis was legalized in Vermont — though some aspects of the law remain open to interpretation. Approximately 1,000 celebrants gathered at the Heady fest at Willow Crossing Farm, while others in southern Vermont attended the Original Green Mountain Cannabis and Music Festival in West Dover.
When the bus travelers arrived at Willow Crossing Farm about an hour later, they were greeted by a nearly-full parking lot and the smell of weed. Turnout was good and people were sparking spliffs as the temperature hit