Here are a few key rules to know in Vermont’s new marijuana legalization law, which takes effect on July 1, 2018. RYAN MERCER/FREE PRESS
The Champlain Valley Dispensary, which is licensed by the state to dispense medical marijuana, advertises with a sign on the Burlington bike path on Nov. 19, 2016.(Photo: AKI SOGA/FREE PRESS)Buy Photo
Next month, Vermont will throw off restrictions on adult marijuana use — leaving thousands of Vermonters, who already use the drug for medical purposes, in a somewhat awkward situation.
Vermont will have two conflicting sets of marijuana laws on the books on July 1: new legal liberties for members of the general public, and old strictures for the nearly 6,000 Vermonters who are registered as medical marijuana patients and caregivers.
The Legislature has failed to clarify how the two sets of rules will interact. Even minor updates died this year when Gov. Phil Scott vetoed a bill for unrelated reasons.