Vermont’s top lawyer says businesses that charge a “delivery fee” to provide free marijuana are breaking state law.
The same goes for entrepreneurs selling such T-shirts or other products with a “free gift” of marijuana, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office said in an advisory statement Monday.
The guidance comes three weeks after Vermont legalized adult-use marijuana. There is no legal way to buy recreational marijuana in Vermont, but a number of businesses launched July 1 with the promise of “free gifts.”
“Any transfer of marijuana for money, barter or other legal consideration remains illegal under Vermont law,” the Vermont Attorney General’s Office said in the statement.
“This includes a commercial transaction (i.e., an exchange of goods or services for money) with a purported ‘gift’ of marijuana,” the statement continued. “Examples include: selling an item or service, like a bracelet or t-shirt with the ‘gift’ of marijuana. Charging someone for the purported ‘delivery’ of a marijuana ‘gift’ would also be considered a sale.”
Despite the new legalization measure, anyone convicted of selling marijuana in Vermont can still face fines and prison time. [Read more at Burlington Free Press]