It’s somewhat surprising that Vermont – a state whose main cultural exports include homemade Phish tapes, Bernie Sanders memes and Cherry Garcia ice cream – waited until early 2018 to pass legislation on recreational marijuana. The law might have been slow to arrive, but it’s groundbreaking, nonetheless. Vermont, which was the first state to abolish slavery, and whose legislature was the first to legalize gay marriage, also has the first recreational marijuana law to pass through a legislative vote, not a ballot initiative. The bill, H.511, goes into effect on July 1st, 2018, making it legal to possess up to one ounce of marijuana or five grams of hashish for personal use in Vermont.
But even then, if you want to get high you’d better have your own supply. Under the new legislation it will still be illegal to sell weed for recreational purposes. In keeping with Vermont’s DIY culture, though, anyone over