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Marijuana in Vermont

Recreation Use of Marijuana by Adults in Decriminalized

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 punishable with a civil violation not a criminal 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. The law decriminalizes possession of 5 grams or less of hash by anyone age 21 or older. Civil fines are $200 to $500, depending on the number of repeated offenses. 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:
Marijuana in Connecticut
Marijuana in Rhode Island
Marijuana in Massachusetts
Marijuana in New Hampshire
Marijuana in Maine