Early and continuous use of marijuana significantly increases the risk of not completing high school, not enrolling in or completing college, low educational achievement, lower income, unemployment and welfare dependence as an adult, premature workforce retirement due to disability, and reduction in IQ in middle adulthood.
It is important to look at the reasons why more Vermonters on average are using marijuana and beginning marijuana use earlier than most other states. The Health Department is monitoring how our efforts are making a positive difference with marijuana use, especially among young people in Vermont.
See Data and Reports for more information on marijuana use, abuse, and dependence in Vermont.
See How We Are Doing to learn more about goals and outcomes being tracked in Vermont.
Vermont Marijuana Laws
- Summary of Act 86 (2018): An act relating to eliminating penalties for possession of limited amounts of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older
- Vermont's Smoke-Free Laws (applies to marijuana smoke in public)
Data & Reports
- Health Effects of Marijuana Use Among School-Aged Youth
- Marijuana Use in Vermont (Summary)
- Marijuana Use in Vermont (BRFSS Data Brief)
- Health Impact Assessment: Marijuana Regulation in Vermont (Executive Summary)
- Marijuana Treatment in Vermont (Data Brief)
- 2017 Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey