On Sunday (July 1), Vermont officially became the ninth state with legal recreational marijuana.
The state’s legislature passed the legalization bill in January, which allows adults over 21 to carry up to an ounce of cannabis in public. It also permits people to grow up to two mature plants and four immature plants at home. If these plants yield more than an ounce, it’s legal for people to retain their yield as long as they don’t leave the house with it.
Vermont’s recreational law is the first in the country which allows for the possession of cannabis, but not the sale of it. Last year, the state’s Senate and House approved a bill which would have allowed for recreational marijuana sales, but it failed to gain support from Governor Phil Scott.
Governor Phil Scott visits National Guard athletes competing in the annual National Guard Biathlon in Burlington, Vermont on March 3, 2017. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Michelle Gonzalez via Flickr)
Scott has put together a commission on marijuana which is supposed to release recommendations for a recreational market by the end