Once Gov. Phil Scott signs H.511 into law in Vermont, as he’s pledged to do, his state will become the ninth in the U.S. to have legalized adult-use marijuana. The bill legalizes the possession of up to one ounce for adults 21 and older. Vermont residents may grow plants, as well: Two mature plants or four immature plants are allowed at any given time. The law will take effect on July 1.
As 2018 gets under way, it doesn’t seem like Vermont will be alone this year. In New England’s six states, in particular, there’s a flurry of activity under way.
The New Hampshire House of Representatives recently approved an adult-use bill, and legislators in Rhode Island have been increasing the pitch of their debate over the winter.
Massachusetts’ adult-use retail market is expected to come online in July, and regional observers will be watching for examples of how