Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson is a remote 30-acre property nestled between rolling hills and the Lamoille River. The tree farm, which has a greenhouse full of hemp, will soon host 2,000 marijuana enthusiasts who are gearing up for Heady Vermont‘s Legalization Celebration.
The plans for mass marijuana merriment on July 1, the very day pot becomes legal in Vermont, took plenty of twists and turns to reach this out-of-the-way place. Heady Vermont, a cannabis advocacy, news and events organization, first sought to hold the festival at the Barn at Lang Farm, a wedding venue in Essex Junction. But town officials effectively blocked the event, declaring that smoking weed at the facility would be against the law.
The new recreational marijuana law, formally known as Act 86, makes smoking in public illegal. Town of Essex attorney Bill Ellis said that state law broadly defines what is public as including any “place of accommodation,” such as stores, restaurants and other locales open to all.
Since anyone can purchase tickets to the