Vermont is one of the most beautiful states of New England. It’s boarded between New Hampshire, New York, and Massachusetts. I studied game design and production for a few years over at Champlain College (located in Burlington) and it was an amazing state to live in.
Many of my Friday and Saturday nights in Burlington consisted of partying, hanging out with amazing friends, bar hopping, and consuming some incredible cannabis. Burlington is a very college-oriented type of town; despite having no legal cannabis shops available to the public, there were many smoke shops that had a wide variety of accessories. Cannabis was very easy to get when I was living in Burlington (not because I was in COLLEGE, but because of the college influence around the town!).
Even still, Vermont has never shied away from the 4/20-friendly party. Burlington has very relaxed cannabis laws and the city has always ranked as one of the top safest cities of America. In fact, Burlington’s popularity has become the main influence for Vermont’s latest political PR tactic.
As of January 22nd, 2018, Vermont officially became the NINTH state to legalize recreational cannabis use for adults. Vermont also became the first state to legalize through a state legislative.
Before we continue this PR miracle, let me just first say…CONGRATULATIONS VERMONT! I’m SO excited about my college state legalizing recreational cannabis use. It’s definitely going to be LIT on the GREEN MOUNTAIN STATE here in New England! #420BlazeItVermont.
Moving on – Governor Phil Scott signed the bill yesterday. Vermont’s new law will take effect on July 1st (same date when recreational dispensaries open in MA!).
Now here’s where things get complicated – Vermont has some of the tightest restrictions in the nation. Adults may purchase up to one ounce of cannabis (~28 grams); they can also purchase up to five grams of hashish as well. Even with the new law taking effect, you still cannot buy or sell any cannabis in the state.
What we are left with is the ‘water water everywhere and not a drop to drink’ scenario. Cannabis would be legal everywhere, yet not a flower to smoke. There aren’t any legal dispensaries open nor are they any legal ways to get cannabis. Either way, this confusing scenario won’t stop college kids in Burlington from getting their legal weed (#BrokeInBurlington).
While I’m very excited with Vermont’s progressive move, there’s still roadblocks present that leave people more perplexed than ever. You are legally able to consume cannabis, BUT there’s no where or way to purchase it legally. There’s still work that needs to be done in order to established a better system. It’ll be a while before you can purchase a pre-roll of Blue Dream for your adventures in Lake Champlain.
This is a very exciting time for the state of Vermont! I am amazed to hear about the green mountain state legalizing cannabis yesterday. While studying (and PARTYING!) at Champlain College, I’ve found Vermont to be a little more liberal in their political stances. Vermonters are big advocates for same-sex marriage, environmental protection, legalization of cannabis, and many other provocative issues.
Six years and nine states later, the sky STILL hasn’t fallen yet. Cannabis legalization has been doing more good for the community and continues to modify nation each year. Vermont will be growing much more, both in popularity and publicity, now that cannabis legalization will be in full force.
2018 is looking brighter than ever for the cannabis community. Massachusetts, Maine, and now Vermont are joining the 420 bandwagons. New Hampshire and New York are in danger of losing their dedicated audiences due to the trending paradigms.
Congratulations to Vermont for going to pot! There’s sure to be some more action happening at the green mountain state.