Pot legalization: Big blunt

A vendor from Humble Roots Horticulture demonstrates how to hit a giant joint during Sunday’s legalization celebration at Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson.

On July 1, at a farm in Johnson, a thousand or so people raised their glass bowls in a toast to the legalization of recreational marijuana in Vermont.

The event was low-key, with far more people smoking weed than were drinking at the beer tent set up at the venue, prompting the county sheriff to remark he’d be fine to oversee another one of these.

For the first month of pot’s legalization, growers and sellers got creative with ways to barter for the herb — the law does not allow for the sale of marijuana, so people were doing things like selling $50 T-shirts and giving pot away “for free,” along with the apparel.

The Vermont attorney general quickly ruled those gift exchanges are a form of commerce, and therefore illegal. In the meantime, marijuana champions hope the leftward turn of the Vermont Legislature means a tax and retail system is on the agenda for the 2019, um, session.

Meanwhile, the ubiquity of CBD — cannabidiol, derived from the part of the cannabis plant that doesn’t get you high — was so great that it was popping up in dog treats, in cocktails and coffee drinks at bars and cafes, and in chocolates at the gas station.

— Tommy Gardner

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