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Marijuana advocacy organization Heady Vermont holds a big bash in Johnson to celebrate Vermont’s first day of legal pot on July 1, 2018. RYAN MERCER/FREE PRESS

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Addi Von Eynern and Ryan Williams of Burlington arrive at the Heady Vermont marijuana legalization celebration at Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson, on Sunday, July 1, 2018.(Photo: RYAN MERCER/FREE PRESS)Buy Photo

JOHNSON – It was sweltering hot on Sunday in Lamoille County, but the free weed gifted by cultivation consultants at the legalization celebration kept things upbeat and chill. 

“I’m here for the brotherhood. People having a good time and enjoying each other’s company,” volunteer Chris Benoit said as he stood at the parking entrance. It was just about noon and 94 degrees as he was finishing his shift.

A quarter mile of relatively cool, leafy trail led to a clearing at Willow Crossing Farm, where vendors were arranged around a stage in what looked like a weed-centric farmers market. Monica Donovan co-founder of Heady Vermont, a weed advocacy group, said the group has been planning the event for six months, since the day Gov. Phil Scott signed the bill to legalize personal use of marijuana. 

Adults over age 21 will be able to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana, two mature marijuana plants and four immature plants. There is no legal mechanism for purchasing marijuana. 

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Patrons trickle in at the Heady Vermont legalization celebration at Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson, VT, on Sunday, July 1, 2018, the first day or marijuana legalization in Vermont. (Photo: RYAN MERCER/FREE PRESS)

“Maybe a year from now we will be celebrating the legalization of cannabis retail,” Donovan said. She and Eli Harrington have hosted a series of events aimed at boosting local businesses and

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