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The Cannabis Catch-Up: Legal Weed Won't Extend Into Lake Champlain

Sasha Goldstein May 25, 2018 14:23 PM
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We’re fast approaching Memorial Day — the last holiday before cannabis becomes legal July 1.

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and many will take to the lake. Keep in mind that even once Vermont legalizes marijuana, it will remain illegal to consume on Lake Champlain.

Say what? Here’s what the Burlington Free Press reported in February:


The lake is considered "federal water" because New York and Canada border Lake Champlain, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrew Barresi said. Marijuana discovered on boats is confiscated by the Coast Guard, and those in possession of the drug could face possible federal repercussions.

"Since there's been no change to the federal marijuana law, we'd have to enforce it if we were to see somebody or if they had it in their possession during a routine boarding, or something like that," Barresi said.

The Coast Guard routinely boards boats to perform safety checks, he added.

Consider this fair warning.

Here are some cannabis stories we followed this week:

May 24: Voters in Milwaukee County will be asked on the November ballot if they think recreational marijuana should be legalized in Wisconsin. The advisory referendum is nonbinding, meaning a yes vote will not legalize cannabis. [Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

May 24: Tommy Chong turned 80 on Thursday. The weed legend reflects on his life and the new frontier of legal cannabis. And yes, he’s got a marijuana brand of his own: Chong’s Choice. [John Rogers, Associated Press]

May 25: Tito Jackson, a former Boston city councilor, mayoral candidate and longtime proponent of legalized cannabis in Massachusetts, will serve as CEO of Verdant Medical, a pot company that plans to open hybrid recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries around the Bay State. [Dan Adams, Boston Globe]

May 25: A marijuana researcher who is also the mother of two teenagers dishes advice on how adults should talk to kids about pot. [Michael Roberts, Westword]

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