A Look at Vermont's Legalization of Recreational Cannabis

Legal potLYNDONVILLE - On July first of this year, marijuana was made legal across the state of Vermont. For some this is very exciting and for others, it may be a bit of a headache. Just because the plant is legal now does not mean there are no restrictions. 

 


 

With marijuana being legal, there are some limitations as to how much a person over the age of 21 can possess. Co-owner of Green Mountain Grow Ray Daphinais in Lyndonville says "People are allowed up to one ounce at a time to carry and smoke, and by law the storage of it must be behind closed doors with a lock. The same goes for growing the plant, it must be behind closed doors or contained in a lockable area."

A person is not allowed to go crazy and grow as much as they want. They are limited to having five in vegetative state and two in flower state. What this means is a person can have up to five that are just leaves and stalks.

In terms of the two in flowering state, that refers to the actual bud of the plant. Depending on the grow, a plant can produce anywhere from a half ounce to a full pound. Keeping the plants in vegetative state will stop them from budding, instead the plant will just grow big.

The presence of grow shops is going up, and they are there for more than just supplying a grower's needs. Many times, customers who are growing will come in to ask for advice with their plants. In return, those who work at a grow shop will advise growers to help them get the best yield out of their plant as possible.

However, just because someone is 21 years old does not always mean they can grow. It all depends where they reside, and if they are tenant they may have a no-grow clause in their contract.

Lyndon landlord Scott DesJardins who has a no-grow clause in his apartment contracts mentioned that it is usually an agreement between a landlord and their insurance agency. Much of the concern is the liability of high powered grow lights being a fire hazard.

Co-owner of Green Mountain Grow states "The people who we have seen interest in growing is mostly middle to older aged adults."

With cannabis being legalized for three months now in Vermont, the popularity of growing the finicky plant has definitely been on the rise.

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