Vermont Governor Signs Decriminalization Bill

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Gov. Shumlin

This afternoon, Vermont became the 15th state to decriminalize marijuana possession (two others have made it legal). Gov. Peter Shumlin, a vocal champion of sensible marijuana policies, signed H. 200 at about 1:30 p.m.

Beginning on July 1, H. 200 will eliminate Vermont’s criminal penalties for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and replace them with civil fines for adults and generally with diversion for those under 21. Click here for details on how H. 200 will change Vermont’s penalty structure.

William-Sorrell
Attorney Gen. Sorrell

This is a major victory for MPP and our legislative allies in Montpelier, who have worked hard to build support for this sensible reform.

The next step for Vermont policymakers will be to consider legal alternatives to the illicit market for marijuana. Attorney General William Sorrell has publicly argued in favor of decriminalizing plants, and many legislators have made the case for replacing marijuana prohibition with a taxed and regulated system.

2 thoughts on “Vermont Governor Signs Decriminalization Bill”

  1. Its about time, we have gotten this far. Here is a movement forward. We need responsible education in the truth about marijuana. Marijuana has many many, beneficial componds. If, especially young people, are taught that marijuana true usage. It not dangerous or high risk to take the rebellion, like kids want to drink to early in their development we will nip any problems in the bud.
    It’s widely known now of its medicinal benefits. We should come right out of the gate now and educate people of a socially exceptable use and person responsibilty. It’s unfortunate that the baby boomers had left it behind with having learned how this plant can be used in a more beneficial way. Where users can have a completely different experience.
    We have a long way to go. But go we must. This is an opportunity to introduce a product into our culture in a positive way. Educate. Now

  2. I wish the rest of the country would follow this example. I like the idea of taking pot from the dangerous black market. I believe this will help Mexico and slow down or end the violence. Also young people won’t have a criminal record for the rest of their lives.

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