Today July 1st Vermont has become the 9th state to legalize adult use marijuana.
Vermont joins Alaska, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington in legalizing the adult possession and use of marijuana. It is the first state to enact legalization via an act of the legislature rather than by the passage of a voter initiative.
The law was signed in January by the state’s governor, Phil Scott. Now, individuals 21 years of age or older in the state can legally possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and own up to six marijuana plants (two of which can be mature and four of which must be immature).
Vermont was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana through a legislative vote. It decriminalized marijuana in 2013 and legalized medical marijuana in 2004.
Vermont’s implementation of legal recreational cannabis comes less than two weeks after Canada became the first wealthy Group of Seven (G-7) nation to legalize recreational marijuana nationwide. The North American country is also only the second country in the world to do so, following a decision made by Uruguay in 2013.