Adults age 21 and over can possess up to one ounce of cannabis, as well as two mature and four immature plants, for medical or adult recreational use. However, only medical dispensaries are currently in operation around Vermont. The first recreational dispensaries are set to open in October 2022. Furthermore, dispensaries only accept Vermont-issued medical cards. Using cannabis in public places is illegal.
Only five dispensaries are currently in operation in the state of Vermont, and all five sell cannabis for medical use only. The first recreational dispensaries should open in late 2022.
For marijuana enthusiasts, it’s worth visiting Vermont and taking advantage of its cannabis scene if only to experience authentic Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. The company was founded in Burlington; thirty minutes away, the town of Waterbury is home to the famous Ben & Jerry’s flavor graveyard, wherein lie flavors such as Schweddy Balls and Vermonty Python.
You’d be missing out on a serious Vermnt staple if you paid a visit and didn’t sample any maple, in any of its forms: syrup, sugar, donuts, lattes, sugar on snow, and more. For springtime visitors, it’s worth checking out tours of sugarhouses and sugarbushes. For summertime visitors, it wouldn’t be summer in Vermont without maple creemee, a type of ice cream that’s a bit creamier than soft-serve but with a lower-milk-fat content than regular ice cream.
Vermont cheddar is no joke, either – Vermonters eat it plain, with macaroni, in sandwiches, and on top of apple pie. And, speaking of apples, there are plenty of pick-your-own apple and berry farms scattered around the state. Farms also provide plenty of delicious seasonal vegetables, such as fiddleheads, ramps, turnips, and parsnips. Wash these classic foods down with a glass of Switchel – now available in bottles, but once made by farmer’s wives using apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and ginger – and you’ll have satiated the munchies with an authentic Vermont feast.
There is so much to explore around Vermont’s urban areas. Burlington is especially pretty, perched on Lake Champlain and home to the University of Vermont, as well as plenty of parks, museums, galleries, and shops. Montpelier, the state capital, has its own quaint charm. It’s the smallest state capital in the country and it has lots of spectacular dining options and bookstores.
If you’re the type of smoker who would prefer a bit more peace and quiet, check out the Shires: approximately fifteen towns, including Bennington, Arlington, and Manchester, in the southwestern corner of the state. There you will find many cute shops, farms, and opportunities for fly fishing.
Meanwhile, for the tourist who prefers to smoke and run around, there is a lot do in the ski town of Stowe. Hiking on snowshoes, cross-country skiing, fat tire biking, you name it – but be safe and aware of your surroundings if you choose to do any of these activities high.
Finally, for history enthusiasts, we recommend – first – checking out Hope Cemetery in Barre, known for its stunning granite sculptures and headstones. Next, we suggest checking out the legends of Lake Champlain: shipwrecks and even a lake monster named Champy lurk beneath its murky waves. And lastly, a vacation in Vermont wouldn’t be complete without a visit to its many historic covered bridges.
Vermont is home to an abundance of natural beauty. Lakes, including Champlain, offer gorgeous sunset views and fun activities on the water. Hikers, foragers, and tree-huggers (and tree-smokers) alike will appreciate the seemingly endless stretches of forest in the state’s parks. Note, however, that smoking cannabis in state parks is illegal and you could be fined.
Those who visit Vermont in the autumn will have trouble escaping the vivid hues of fall foliage. Northern New England, and Vermont especially, might just have the most beautiful fall foliage in the entire country. With the assistance of a designated driver, visitors should not miss a stunning fall foliage drive.