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Marijuana in Vermont

Recreation Use of Marijuana by Adults is Legal

People over age 21 may legally possess one ounce or less of marijuana. Having one to two ounces is a misdemeanor with fines. You may not smoke marijuana in public or in any place where you are prohibited from smoking tobacco. You may not drive under the influence of ingesting cannabis. See more on the laws for more details and links for Vermont marijuana laws.

Cannabis in Vermont


Smoking or ingesting marijuana in any form you like – pipe, bong, edibles, tinctures – fits perfectly into a visit to Vermont. The state’s natural beauty, good and home-grown foods, laid-back and slightly off-the-grid ethos make it a place where cannabis use feels just right. The beauty of Vermont’s Green Mountains, Lake Champlain, river valleys quilted with family farms and small towns is stunning all by itself, but heightened even a little more with a toke at the start of your exploration. Vermonters are outdoors people. In the Northeast Kingdom, mountain biking is very popular. Along vast Lake Champlain, people dive into all forms of water sports. The byways of southern Vermont and the Shires region provide magnificent views and convenient walking trails on every side.


Vermont is famous for its fall foliage because the color is brilliant in its many sugar maple groves, and the mown fields of many small farms allow straight line of sight across valleys and hills. What could improve this? A toke or a bite of cannabis at the start of your exploration. Vermont is also loved for its excellent ski areas, many of which are next to cool ski towns that provide lots of off-the-mountain pleasures (restaurants, shopping, galleries). Late winter to early spring is maple harvest, when people make a yearly jaunt to maple shacks to see and taste the end product of maple sap. And summer is, well, green. If you think the green of Vermont cannot get better, a small taste of marijuana to start your exploration may change your mind.


Vermonters have always been self sufficient, with social and cultural activities based in towns. Vermont fine artists and crafts makers fill galleries and craft shows with marvelous and unique creations. Home-based studio tours open to the public are common. The capital, Montpelier, is packed with book stores. The largest city, Burlington, home of University of Vermont, has many live theaters and small night spots showcasing local musicians. The many museums offer education in matters from art to the state’s industrial history, to maritime life and shipwrecks of Lake Champlain. A sip of cannabis, in any form, is a nice and commonly used additive to enhance any of these explorations.


Historically, Vermont is a place of small dairy farms, and the direct outcome of that farming tradition is an abundance of locally produced cheese, ice cream, and chocolate. Farmers are honored, and supported by local restaurants and farmers markets. A thriving and interesting restaurant culture exists in Burlington, partly because the university brings people from other places and cultures. Got the munchies? Vermont can help you with that.


Like all of New England, Vermont offers an array of lodging options for travelers, from sophisticated to historic to rustic. You will find white-tablecloth lodging in the cities, and, for those who crave the outdoors, homey cabins and cottages in mountains and on rivers and lakes. Family-friendly and pet-friendly lodgings are easy to find. Check on your lodgings’ specific policies on use of cannabis on the grounds. Edibles are private and discrete.

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State Laws

As of July 1, 2018 adults 21 years and older may legally possess & use marijuana.
Decriminalization means there is no prison time or criminal record for first-time possession of a small amount for one’s own use. Possession of small amount is treated like a minor traffic violation. (Source: NORML)


  • Possession of one ounce or less of marijuana by a person 21 years of age or older, is not an offense. One to two ounces is a misdemeanor with fines of $500 (up to $2,000 for subsequent offenses). More than two ounces is a felony, with escalating fines and jail time depending on quantity.

Use in Public:

  • You may not smoke marijuana in public or in any place where you are prohibited from smoking tobacco

Hash & Concentrates:

  • Vermont classifies hashish and concentrates as marijuana. Possession of 5 grams or less of hash by anyone age 21 or older is not an offense. Possession of more than 5 grams of hash is a misdemeanor punishable by fines and jail time.


  • The possession of marijuana paraphernalia by anyone age 21 or older is punishable by a civil fine, meaning there is no arrest, jail time, or criminal record.

Driving Under the Influence:

  • This state has a drugged driving law. People may not drive a motor vehicle if they have a detectable level of an illicit drug in their body.

Medical Marijuana:

Use these links for recreational marijuana laws for each New England state:

Use these links for cannabis information for each New England state:
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Cannabis Disclaimer
Cannabis Disclaimer

Cannabis/marijuana products have not been analyzed or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There is limited information on the side effects of using such products, and there may be associated health risks. Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding may pose potential harms. It is against the law to drive or operate machinery when under the influence of this product. KEEP THIS PRODUCT AWAY FROM CHILDREN. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. The impairment effects of Edibles may be delayed by two hours or more. In case of accidental ingestion, contact poison control hotline 1-800-222-1222 or 9-1-1. This product may be illegal outside of Vermont.
  • Please Consume Responsibly.
  • Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug.
  • For use only by adults 21 years of age or older. Keep out of the reach of children.
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