Lawmakers will be reintroducing legislation in 2011 to reduce the penalties for minor marijuana possession offenses from a criminal misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $500 fine to a civil offense punishable a fine only. Passage of the measure, which has been endorsed by Governor-elect Peter Shumlin will allow state law enforcement to reallocate an estimated $700,000 annually.
According to a 2009 Mason/Dixon survey of Vermont citizens, 63 percent of voters favor decriminalization.
NORML will provide you with further updates on the status of this legislation when it becomes available.
Vermont Lawmakers To Seriously Consider Decriminalizing Marijuana In 2011
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