National data shows that more Vermonters (ages 12 and up) are using marijuana compared to the country overall. The number of Vermonters who try marijuana for the first time between the ages of 12 and 17 is also higher in our state than in the country overall.
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.
Treatment is Available
If you or someone you know needs help with marijuana – treatment is available! Treatment is effective and people can recover.
To learn about treatment options, how to reach out to a counselor, and answers to common treatment and recovery questions, call 2-1-1 from anywhere in Vermont or visit Vermont211.org.
Talking With Your KidsIt’s never too early to start a conversation with your kids about drugs and alcohol. When young people have supportive adults in their lives, they are much less likely to use drugs. Open, honest conversations are the best way to influence their behavior.
Here are some tips!
- Start the conversation early to get ahead of the conversation.
- Be clear, direct, and specific.
- Have an ongoing, two-way dialogue.
- Focus on their goals and explain how drugs can get in the way.
- Stay positive.
- Cannabis and Health
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
- Vermont Alcohol and Drug Abuse Clearinghouse (VADIC)
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens
Data and Related Resources
Data and Reports: Information on marijuana use, misuse and dependence in Vermont.
How We Are Doing: 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