Vermont Attorney General Determines Marijuana Gifting Illegal

Jul 23, 2018

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan has clarified that the sale of marijuana, even when it is given as a "gift with purchase," is still illegal, despite the legalization of marijuana possession.

Donovan clarified on Monday that any purchase, even the purchase of another item "with a purported gift of marijuana," continues to remain illegal. Vermont legalized the possession of one ounce of marijuana July 1, but did not legalize its sale or distribution.

Businesses in the Burlington area had begun "gifting" marijuana with the purchase of a courier service, arguing there was a loophole in the law and that nobody was actually purchasing marijuana.

Last week, groups opposed to the legalization of marijuana called on Donovan to clarify whether this practice was legal.

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