Coast Guard: Marijuana is Legal in Vermont, but Not on Lake Champlain

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is reminding boaters that despite Vermont’s new law legalizing recreational cannabis, the use of marijuana remains illegal on Lake Champlain.


The possession and use of small amounts of marijuana became legal Sunday, July 1, 2018, in Vermont. However, under federal law, marijuana is still a controlled substance and possession or use remains a federal offense.


The Coast Guard said crews will continue to enforce all federal laws, including those relating to the transport, use, and possession of marijuana.


Officials say operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs remains a significant threat to public safety. The Coast Guard may board commercial and recreational vessels on international, federal, and state waterways to ensure safety and security.

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