As Bill H.170 rapidly approaches the Senate floor, Vermont residents near the legalization of recreational cannabis use throughout the state. The bill would allow residents 21 and older to both use cannabis as well as grow cannabis legally within their home. Legal adults will be allowed to hold up to two mature marijuana plants and four immature plants within their home, as well as hold up to one ounce of cannabis legally. The passing of the bill would mean a major reform in how cannabis is viewed and addressed within the state.
A major push for recreational cannabis stemmed from the 2014 legalization of medicinal cannabis that granted patients with qualifying conditions the right to seek out cannabis as a treatment option. In order for patients to qualify for medical cannabis treatment they must be diagnosed with one of the following qualifying conditions: hospice care, cachexia or wasting syndrome, cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, multiple sclerosis, seizures, severe or chronic pain, or severe nausea. Patients must also be diagnosed by a certified physician that is registered with the state.
Currently, patients permitted to use medicinal cannabis in Vermont must abide to the limitation laws which allow patients to hold no more than two ounces of usable marijuana at a time. Patients are also permitted to cultivate plants within their home but no more than nine cannabis plants at a time, only two of which may be mature. Patients that fall within these guidelines are also able to obtain cannabis from one of the many operational state-licensed dispensaries in Vermont.
As H.170 is under review, it’s important to keep in mind that a number of laws will be changed if and when the bill is passed. For this reason, we suggest always staying aware of the current laws in regard to both legal and medical cannabis before obtaining any.
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