Gwynn Zakov of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, left, participates in a meeting of the Vermont Marijuana Advisory Commission subcommittee focused on taxation and regulation on June 18, 2018 in Montpelier.(Photo: APRIL MCCULLUM/FREE PRESS)Buy Photo
Now that marijuana is legal in Vermont, there’s not much that towns and cities can do to regulate it.
Vermont municipalities can pass a local ordinance to penalize people for consuming marijuana in public, on top of the state’s $100 to $500 fine. They can also prohibit or regulate medical marijuana dispensaries.
But towns cannot ban marijuana altogether or block people from lawfully cultivating it at home, according to Gwynn Zakov, municipal policy advocate at the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.
Vermont towns have no authority that is not explicitly granted by the Legislature. Zakov said Vermont is the first state to legalize marijuana under this kind of centralized system — known as Dillon’s Rule.
Earlier this year, the Legislature declined a request from St. Johnsbury to