Vermont Governor Signed Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

Vermont Governor Signed Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

Shumlin supported the bill: “I applaud the Legislature’s action to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Vermonters support sensible drug policies. This legislation allows our courts and law enforcement to focus their limited resources more effectively to fight highly addictive opiates such as heroin and prescription drugs that are tearing apart families and communities.”

First-time offenders will face a 200$ fine. For those arrested twice or even more a fine will be increased. But all criminal penalties will be removed (just for possession up to one ounce).

In Vermont medical marijuana has been legal since 2004 and now the state became the 15th in the United States of America where small amounts of non-medical marijuana is decriminalized.

resource: huffingtonpost.com

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