Pro-Decriminalization Candidate Officially Wins Vermont Primary

Sep 10, 2010

Brian Dubie, decriminalization, Peter Shumlin, Vermont

Peter Shumlin was today declared the official winner of Vermont’s Democratic primary for governor, after state officials completed a recount that showed him beating his closest competitor by 203 votes.

A strong supporter of efforts to decriminalize marijuana possession in Vermont, Shumlin is currently the state’s Senate pro tempore. He’ll be facing Republican Brian Dubie, who opposes decriminalization, in the general election for governor. It isn’t clear yet what role marijuana policy will play in the forthcoming campaign (Dubie has said the big issues are “jobs and the economy”) but this election might prove to be an interesting one to watch for supporters of sensible marijuana policies.