Vermont is Considering Recreational Marijuana

Bill introduced in VT that would legalize recreational marijuana

VT Coat of ArmsOn Tuesday, Vermont Senator David Zuckerman introduced a bill that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in his state.  The bill, if passed, would allow adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and it would create a regulatory structure to monitor the cultivation and sale of marijuana in the sate.

Vermont has already decriminalized the possession of marijuana, and enacted laws that allow for marijuana consumption for medical purposes.  Currently, adults 21 and over caught with up to an ounce of marijuana (not legally acquired for medical purposes) receive a fine of $200 for their 1st offence.

Senator Zuckerman’s bill closely follows the highly publicized Rand report, “The Marijuana Legalization Debate, Insights for Vermont.”  The report outlined a variety of scenarios of what legalization could look like, and provided potential revenue projections for the State of $20 to $75 million.