Vermont joined the number of states banning all forms of marijuana during the early 1900s, when the public began to fear the drug and its psychoactive effects. In 1915, Vermont joined the other states and prohibited marijuana, but the state’s fight over the drug was only just beginning, because the United States soon introduced the Uniform Narcotic Drug Act. By 1947, Vermont adopted the Uniform Narcotic Drug Act for further control over the sale and use of narcotic drugs, including marijuana. Then a number of states began to reduce their marijuana penalties between 1967 and 1973, which Vermont followed in 1967 when it dropped a simple marijuana possession to a minor misdemeanor. The state’s efforts to reduce marijuana penalties continued well into the 1970s.

Vermont began its efforts toward marijuana decriminalization, because arrests and penalties were considered inappropriate for people possessing small amounts. The state was in no way encouraging the recreational use of the drug, but Vermont certainly wants to protect its citizens from cruel and and harsh punishments. Eventually the state established a marijuana therapeutic research center, and even made marijuana history by becoming the first state legislature to pass a bill ending prohibition, which lawmakers and advocates only continue to fight for.



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