Vermont Medical Marijuana Laws

Possession

  • Less than 2 oz (first offense)* misdemeanor 6 months $500
  • Less than 2 oz (second offense) misdemeanor 2 years $2,000
  • 2 oz to 1 lb felony 3 years $10,000
  • 1 to 10 lbs felony 5 years $100,000
  • 10 lbs or more felony 15 years $500,000
  • *Possible deferred sentencing for first offenders.

Cultivation

  • 3 to 10 plants felony 3 years $10,000
  • 11 to 25 plants felony 5 years $100,000
  • More than 25 plants felony 15 years $500,000

Sale

  • Less than 1/2 oz misdemeanor 2 years $10,000
  • 1/2 oz to 1 lb felony 5 years $100,000
  • 1 lb or more felony 15 years $500,000
  • Delivery to a minor at least 3 years younger by seller over age 18 felony 5 years $25,000
  • To a minor or on school grounds or on a school bus felony additional 10 years 
  • Miscellaneous (paraphernalia, license suspensions, drug tax stamps, etc...)
  • Paraphernalia sale misdemeanor 1 year $1,000


Details

Possession of less than two ounces of marijuana is punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine up to $500 for the first offense. For a second offense the penalty increases to a possible two years in prison and a fine up to $2,000. There is a possibility of deferred sentencing for first offenders. For possession of two ounces or more, the penalty is up to three years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Possession of one pound or more is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine up to $100,000. Possession of ten pounds or more carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison and a fine up to $500,000.

Cultivation of greater than three plants is punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. For greater than 10 plants, the penalties increase to a possible five years in prison and a fine up to $100,000. Cultivation of greater than 25 plants carries a penalty up to 15 years in prison and a fine up to $500,000.

Sale or delivery of less than one-half ounce of marijuana is punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. For amounts of one-half ounce or more, the penalties increase to a possible five years in prison and a fine up to $100,000. Sale or delivery of one pound or more carries a penalty of up to 15 years in jail and a fine up to $500,000.

Anyone over 18 who delivers marijuana to a minor who is at least three years his junior faces an additional penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine up to $25,000. Any sale of marijuana to a minor or any sale on school grounds or on a school bus carries an additional sentence of up to ten years in prison.

Sale of paraphernalia is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
 

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