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Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect in Vermont on Monday

Vermont’s marijuana laws will take a significant step in the right direction on Monday, July 1st, when House Bill 200 goes into effect. HB 200marijuana-dbc04668ba596d1d11bbfdcab899d5bdcf6b293a-s6-c10-e1356206344491 decriminalizes the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, and up to 5 grams of hash, making it a simple ticket, rather than a misdemeanor which carries with it the possibility of months in jail.

The success of this proposal – signed by the governor on June 6th – comes with majority support from the state’s residents; polling shows that 61% of those in the state support decriminalizing cannabis. The state’s attorney general also supports such a move, even supporting the decriminalization of private cultivation.

HB 200 taking effect on Monday comes just days after the state’s first two medical cannabis dispensaries opened – with a 3rd on the way. Vermont joins 17 other states which have removed the possibility of jail time for the possession of small amounts of marijuana, and is one of the first to do so for hash.

- TheJointBlog

1 comment

  1. RonM

    Thanks Jointblog.com for helping spread the word!

    To all who favor freedom

    Our nation watches and the resolve builds to end Marijuana Prohibition in the United States of America

    We have to keep the pressure on our government to decriminalize marijuana

    Please sign the new whitehouse petition,

    http://wh.gov/lOmFK

    Decriminalize marijuana, and pardon all marijuana convictions. Over 100,000,000 U.S. Citizens have used marijuana.

    With over 500,000 marijuana arrests costing over $10 billion annually, and with more than half of U.S. Citizens favoring legalization the time is here to end marijuana prohibition.

    Marijuana prohibition is very costly to society, wasting billions of dollars and billions of hours in law enforcement, justice system and penal system time, it also destroys families and personal lives and futures.

    The effects of marijuana both physically and socially are less harmful than alcohol or tobacco, and adults should be entitled to make the decision whether or not to consume marijuana.

    It’s time to finally put an end to the criminalization of marijuana, This would not only allow our government to save billions of dollars, but could be a source of income and bring in billions of dollars in revenue.

    Please spread the word.

    Thank you,

    RonM

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