Vermont

Medical Marijuana
Drugged Driving
Decriminalization
Hemp

Laws, Limits and Penalties

Offense Penalty Incarceration   Max. Fine  
Possession
1 oz or less (first offense)* Civil Violation None $ 200
1 oz or less (second offense)* Civil Violation None $ 300
1 oz or less (subsequent offense)* Civil Violation None $ 500
1 - 2 oz (first offense) Misdemeanor 6 months $ 500
1 - 2 oz (subsequent offense) Misdemeanor 2 years $ 2,000
2 oz - 1 lb Felony 3 years $ 10,000
1 - 10 lbs Felony 5 years $ 100,000
10 lbs or more Felony 15 years $ 500,000
* By persons 21 years of age or older.
Sale
Less than 1/2 oz Misdemeanor 2 years $ 10,000
1/2 oz - 1 lb Felony 5 years $ 100,000
1 - 50 lbs Felony 15 years $ 500,000
More than 50 lbs Felony 30 years $ 1,000,000
To a minor Felony 5 years $ 25,000
Cultivation
1 - 2 plants (first offense) Misdemeanor 6 months $ 500
1 - 2 plants (subsequent offense) Misdemeanor 2 years $ 2,000
3 - 10 plants Felony 3 years $ 10,000
11 - 25 plants Felony 5 years $ 100,000
More than 25 plants Felony 15 years $ 500,000
Hash & Concentrates
5 grams or less (first offense)* Civil Violation None $ 200
5 grams or less (subsequent offense)* Civil Violation None $ 500
more than 5 grams (first offense) Misdemeanor 6 months $ 500
more than 5 grams (subsequent offense) Misdemeanor 2 years $ 2,000
* By persons 21 years of age or older.
Penalties for hashish are similar to marijuana penalties. Please see the marijuana penalties section for further details.
Paraphernalia
Possession of paraphernalia* Civil Violation None $ 200
Sale of paraphernalia Misdemeanor 1 year $ 1,000
To a minor Misdemeanor 2 years $ 2,000
* By persons 21 years of age or older.

Details

Conditional Release

The state allows conditional release or alternative or diversion sentencing for people facing their first prosecutions. Usually, conditional release lets a person opt for probation rather than trial. After successfully completing probation, the individual's criminal record does not reflect the charge.

Decriminalization

The state has decriminalized marijuana to some degree. Typically, decriminalization means no prison time or criminal record for first-time possession of a small amount for personal consumption. The conduct is treated like a minor traffic violation.

Drugged Driving

This state has a per se drugged driving law enacted. In their strictest form, these laws forbid drivers from operating a motor vehicle if they have a detectable level of an illicit drug or drug metabolite (i.e., compounds produced from chemical changes of a drug in the body, but not necessarily psychoactive themselves) present in their bodily fluids above a specific, state-imposed threshold.

Hemp

This state has an active hemp industry or has authorized research. Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. that contains minimal (less than 1%) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Various parts of the plant can be utilized in the making of textiles, paper, paints, clothing, plastics, cosmetics, foodstuffs, insulation, animal feed, and other products. .

Medical Marijuana

This state has medical marijuana laws enacted. Modern research suggests that cannabis is a valuable aid in the treatment of a wide range of clinical applications. These include pain relief, nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant and emerging research suggests that marijuana's medicinal properties may protect the body against some types of malignant tumors, and are neuroprotective.