Vermont Becomes First State to Make Marijuana Legal Through Its Legislature

Jan 22, 2018 , , ,

Until today, all eight of the states that have made marijuana legal for adults did so through ballot initiatives. Over the past three elections in 2012, 2014, and 2016, voters in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada (and Washington, D.C.) approved ballot questions to legalize marijuana.

Today, we reached an important milestone in Vermont: a state legislature has enacted a law, signed by the governor, that legalizes possession and home cultivation of marijuana for adults aged 21 and older. H. 511 eliminates Vermont’s civil penalty for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana and removes penalties for possession of up to two mature marijuana plants and up to four immature plants for people 21 and older, beginning on July 1.

“After more than 15 years of hard work by MPP and our allies in the state, adults in Vermont no longer need to fear being fined or criminalized for low-level marijuana possession and cultivation,” said Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, in a press release. “This is a great step forward for the state and the whole region. Responsible adults will soon have the freedom to enjoy a safer option legally, and law enforcement will be free to concentrate on serious crimes with actual victims. We are looking forward to working with lawmakers and state leaders to continue improving marijuana laws in the Green Mountain State.”

Our coalition’s goal, this year or next, is to enact a law that regulates marijuana and allows for its legal sale (the newly enacted law only allows possession and home cultivation).


6 responses to “Vermont Becomes First State to Make Marijuana Legal Through Its Legislature”

  1. It’s past time for Kansas and all of the other states to get on board. I would understand if we were talking about crack or something of the sort, but this is no such thing and is not at all relevant to any hard drugs, alcohol, opioids, etc.

  2. Awesome! Now if we can just get the other 41 States and DC on board. Our Country will be free again. Once it is free we will be able to get our GREAT back on. GOD Bless America

  3. I’m moving to Vermont or Mass. or Maine, or any other state on the eastern seaboard that has medical marijuana. I live in NC right now and I’m 64. I don’t have the time to waste on this backward state. They will be one of the last states to ever have it. For God sake people, if you are against it, pick up a book and educate your self about the plant. What was so great was when they put the plant on the cover of Time and Newsweek last Oct. I thought finally a breakthru! I have not heard one negative thing about pot, except out of Sessions’s uneducated mouth. I spent 8 months in Ca two yrs ago. A lot of people who grow their own trade it for other goods and services. People take it for granted. ITS no big deal people, and it’s not fair to the people who are in pain and don’t want to take opioids due to all the side effects but have to because of chronic pain. Yes, we are adults and we are responsible enough to handle it. Other states have already proved it. Good luck to everyone and I love MPP.

  4. Here in Texas, our GOV stated that marijuana will never becomes legalized while he is in office. His thoughts about marijuana are ridicules and his pockets are deep with money from medical co,tobacco and alcohol companies to include a lot of POS Republicans.

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