Vermont: Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Measure

Vermont: Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization MeasureMontpelier, VT: State lawmakers have signed off on a House measure (HB 200) that amends penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and/or marijuana paraphernalia by those age 21 or older from a criminal misdemeanor (punishable by up to six-months in jail and a $500 fine) to a civil fine only — no arrest, no jail time, and no criminal record.

The measure awaits action from Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin, who has expressed support for liberalizing the state’s marijuana possession penalties. If signed into law, the measure will take effect on July 1, 2013.

Fifteen states have enacted similar laws decriminalizing pot possession offenses.

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500.