Marijuana Use in Vermont

Marijuana Use in the Past Year among Individuals Aged 12 or Older, by State: Percentages, Annual Averages Based on 2016 and 2017 NSDUHsGet Help

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

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Talking With Your Kids

It’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.
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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.

For more tips, information on the risks of use, or if you are concerned that your child is using marijuana, call 2-1-1 from anywhere in Vermont, 24/7 or visit and visit

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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

Data & Reports

Information from National Experts