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.
If you or someone you know needs help with marijuana – treatment is available! Treatment is effective and people can recover.
For free and confidential alcohol and drug support and referral services, call or visit VT Helplink at 802-565-LINK (5465) and VTHelplink.org.
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.
- 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 visit ParentUpVT.org.
- Cannabis and Health
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
- Vermont Alcohol and Drug Information 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
- Marijuana Use in Vermont
- Vermont Marijuana Use Highlights
- Marijuana Use in Vermont (BRFSS Data Brief)
- Health Impact Assessment: Marijuana Regulation in Vermont (Executive Summary)
- Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey
Information from National Experts
- Considering Marijuana Legalization: Insights for Vermont and Other Jurisdictions (Published in 2015)
- Drug Facts: Marijuana (Revised December 2019)
- Drug Guide: Marijuana (Reviewed and updated August 2018)
- The Health Effects of Cannabis and Marijuana: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research (2017) from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine
- Marijuana Use & Educational Outcomes
- How does marijuana use affect school, work, and social life? (Updated December 2019)
- Public Health Consequences of Marijuana Legalization
- What You Need to Know About Marijuana Use and Pregnancy (Reviewed March 16, 2018)