Is cannabis legal in Vermont?
Right now in Vermont, it is legal for anyone to possess up to one ounce of high THC cannabis. Any Vermont resident may also grow their own plants, and may posses up to 2 mature plants and 4 immature plants. It is not legal to sell cannabis. It is not legal to trade cannabis for anything of value. However, Vermont residents may give cannabis away for free.
What’s the difference between “cannabis” “hemp” and “marijuana”?
The terms “cannabis” “hemp” and “marijuana” are often confused and not used correctly. “Cannabis” is the scientific name for all types of cannabis plants, and the term includes varieties that contain high levels of THC as well as varieties with very low levels of THC and higher levels of CBD. “Cannabis” would also include varieties of cannabis grown for fiber and other industrial uses.
The term “Hemp” is often used to refer to cannabis that contains under 0.3% THC, and includes “Industrial hemp,” which is cannabis grown primarily for fiber or other industrial uses.
The term “marijuana” is sometimes used to refer to high THC adult-use cannabis. However, because of its racist origins, the term “marijuana” is currently disfavored by the cannabis community.
What is CBD?
CBD is one of the a compounds produced by the cannabis plant. CBD is not intoxicating. The CBD industry is rapidly developing as new uses for CBD are discovered every day. Currently, it is used as a dietary supplement and in a wide range of health and beauty products Hemp and CBD were removed from the controlled substances act in 2018, and the growth of the CBD market has been exponential.
What kinds of business are legal right now?
In Vermont at the beginning of 2019, it is not legal to sell high THC cannabis or cannabis seeds. Businesses which support THC home-growers, short of supplying seeds or clones, are legal. This includes nutrient sales, light and equipment sales, home grow consulting, etc.
It is legal to grow and process hemp, so long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. It is legal to extract CBD from hemp.
It is legal to manufacture products containing CBD, and to sell them to the public. However, while the manufacture, processing, and distribution of CBD is currently legal, we are anticipating new regulations from the Vermont Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration which will affect the CBD industry.
How can VCS help?
At Vermont Cannabis Solutions we make it our job to stay on top of the quickly changing landscape of state and federal regulations governing the cannabis industry. We can help you with everything from initial planning and brainstorming, to business formation, selection of a location, acquisition of licenses and permits, and industry networking.
Call today to see how we can help you.