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Vermont decriminalizes cannabis

Posted on June 6th, 2013 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

Vermont's Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) on June 6 signed into law a bill passed by the state legislature that decriminalizes the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis or five grams of hashish.  Shumlin's signature make Vermont the 17th state to remove criminal penalties for possessing small quantities of cannabis—including all of its neighboring New England states except New Hampshire. "This change just makes common sense," Shumlin said as he signed the bill. "Our limited resources should be focused on reducing abuse and addiction of opiates like heroin and meth rather than cracking down on people for having very small amounts of marijuana." (Drug War Chronicle, June 6)

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Comment by Global Ganja Report on May 3rd, 2016 at 10:54 pm

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Global Ganja Report's picture Gov. Phil Scott (R) said May 24 that he will veto a bill to make Vermont the ninth state to legalize recreational cannabis, but said he is willing to work with the legislature on a compromise. (AP)
Comment by Global Ganja Report on May 24th, 2017 at 4:43 pm

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