Marijuana Possession and Cultivation Becomes Legal in Vermont on Sunday, July 1

Beginning Sunday, July 1, marijuana will be legal in Vermont for those 21 and older.

The new law officially takes effect as it becomes July 1 at midnight. At that point anyone 21+ can have up to an ounce of marijuana in their possession. They are also allowed to personally cultivate up to six marijuana plants, two of which can be matured.

For those growing their own marijuana, they are allowed to possess over the possession limit, given they don’t leave their home with more than an ounce.

The new law makes Vermont the ninth state to legalize marijuana for all purposes. It’s the first to do so through the legislature, and the first to do so without also establishing a system of marijuana stores.

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