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growing marijuana in vermont

Growing marijuana in vermont

The bill isn’t clear. The goal is to avoid having people under 21 gain access to the plants (or to your harvested marijuana). So on a personal level, whatever you can do to secure your plants is a step in the right direction.

If your friend is 21 and over and the amount you’re gifting is an ounce or less — then yes.

What about the possession of alternate forms of cannabis, i.e. tinctures, edibles, concentrates? [Will those be] legal to possess?

On July 1, Vermont’s Act 86 makes it legal for adults 21+ to possess an ounce of marijuana and cultivate a small number of marijuana plants under state law.

That said, there’s a tremendous amount of ambiguity which could result in issues like this one being brought before the Vermont Supreme Court.

Marijuana is still illegal at a federal level so getting things sent to you from out of state or via the USPS is a violation of federal law.

A clone is a cutting from a female plant that can sprout roots and be replanted as a new plant of its own.

Growing marijuana in vermont

The board would like to take a small part of the new state cannabis excise tax — which is likely to be around 14% — and then give some grant money to towns that choose to have a retail store. It would help them cover any unexpected expenses associated with the store.

I asked Chairman Pepper why this is a top priority for the board.

So far, about two dozen towns have taken this step. Pepper is hoping that many more towns will join this group. And he says it’s important that these towns be spread out around the state, and not be clustered in just one part of Vermont.

And just to put this in perspective, 5,000 square feet — which would be the biggest initial license —i s roughly the size of a basketball court.

VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb spoke with senior political correspondent Bob Kinzel about what the board is laying out that makes Vermont’s marijuana marketplace unique, and how the state’s regulations could be altered by the Legislature in the new legislative session. Their conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.

This is a provision that many lawmakers felt very, very strongly about. Here’s what it does: it provides a range of financial benefits “for people of color, or anyone who can demonstrate that they are from a community that has historically been disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition, and that this person has personally been arrested, convicted or incarcerated for a cannabis-related offense, or has had this happen to a family member.”

One, whether or not the state should provide financial incentives for towns to locate a retail cannabis store in their community — because, as I understand it, individual towns can opt out of this. Even though there is a statewide recreational marijuana bill that’s been signed, towns don’t have to have them, is that right?

Now, the big question is if this strategy will actually work. Will there be enough small growers to meet the state’s entire demand for cannabis?

“Essentially, we have sufficient data and reports to show that there were — and there continue to be — disparate arrest rates and disparate incarceration rates of people of color, as it relates to drug crimes,” Pepper said. “And therefore, a major motivating factor for a lot of legislators — who agreed to this bill, when they otherwise wouldn’t — was that they felt the need to end prohibition, and the war on drugs, and start to mitigate some of the harms that have been perpetuated over the last 80 years.”

Growing marijuana in vermont

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What does opt-in mean? How do I petition my town to opt-into the adult-use market? Check out our new easy-to-use guide for the retail opt-in provision in Act 164 (2020), Vermont’s new taxation and regulation law, and why it’s important if you want your town to participate in the adult-use cannabis market.

How much cannabis will I be able to purchase at once? When will I be able to legally purchase cannabis? How much cannabis can I possess and where can I legally consume it? Check out the Act 164 (2020) Consumer Guide for these answers and more.

In 2019, Vermont attempted to curb youth vaping by enacting a 92% tax on all vape products, including vaporizers, vape juice, and e-cigarettes. What they failed to consider was that certain vaporizers are not meant for tobacco/nicotine, and now local smoke shops are having trouble providing cannabis users with vaporizers. Add your name to the petition to urge Vermont lawmakers to carve out an exception for cannabis-intended use in the 92% tax, to increase accessibility to safe consumption methods for all Vermonters.

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