In his final week in office, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has pardoned 192 people who were convicted of cannabis possession.
This brings the total number of pardons issued by Shumlin to 208, the most ever issued by a Vermont governor.
“A minor marijuana possession charge should not be an anchor that holds back an individual from getting a good job or going about their life,” Governor Shumlin said in a press release following the pardons. “While attitudes and laws about marijuana use are rapidly changing; there is still a harmful stigma associated with it. My hope was to help as many individuals as I could overcome that stigma and the very real struggles that too often go along with it.”