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A Note About Marijuana and Renting in Vermont

February 5, 2018

A new Vermont law that takes effect on July 1, 2018, legalizes possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and two mature and four immature plants. If you are a renter, or if you have a rental subsidy from a housing authority, or if you have some other form of federally assisted rental subsidy, be careful. Your lease and program rules may still make it a violation of the rules for you to possess marijuana or marijuana plants in your rental unit. Your lease may also ban smoking, including smoking marijuana.

The new Vermont law does not change the terms of your lease. The new law does not change the program rules for tenants with federal rental assistance.

If you are unsure, check your lease or program rules or talk to your landlord or housing authority. You can also contact us at Legal Services Vermont and Vermont Legal Aid