With over 90 years of prohibition to follow, Vermont switched track and became one of the first U.S states to legalise the use of medical marijuana in 2004 following state legislature with the decriminalisation of cannabis to follow in 2013.
In 2018, Vermont became the first U.S state to legalise the use of marijuana through legislation as opposed to a ballot measure. The new legislation allows for the recreational consumption, possession and home cultivation of cannabis in the state.
Vermont Cannabis Law
Despite Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders pledge to federally legalise cannabis should he have been successful in his quest to become the Democratic nominee for President in 2020 (he was not), Vermont continues to miss out on the potential financial windfall that legalised cannabis would inevitably bring to the state.
However, despite their seemingly progressive approach to cannabis legality, the state has yet to move towards the booming commercialised market offered up by states like California and Nevada.
However, despite the passing of both possession and cultivation laws, legislation for the commercial sale and taxation of recreational marijuana remains frustratingly unavailable for the people of Vermont.
“If you can grow a tomato plant, you can probably grow cannabis,” Green State Gardener General Manager Kelsy Raap said, explaining the two plants have many of the same nutrient needs in common.
There are different kinds of hydroponics systems. But the basic idea is that the gardening units of whatever size can be inside or outside so long as they are in a protected environment — usually enclosed. Plants are rooted in sand, gravel or liquid instead of soil. Lighting, water, nutrients and temperature are controlled.
Raap suggested following the Green State Facecbook page or checking Sevendaysvt.com events where the workshops are posted three weeks before they are offered.
Or you can just get a local plot and wing it. Find all the advice you can about growing “tomatoes” in the gardening community near you. A full listing of community plots is available online at vcgn.org.
“There’s so much interest it’s usually standing-room only,” Green State Gardener’s Raap said of attendance at the events. The space holds about 40 people, and spots must be reserved in advance online.