Vermont Governor Pardons Nearly 200 people Charged with Cannabis Possession

In his final week in office, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has pardoned 192 people who were convicted of cannabis possession.

Vermont Governor Peter Schumlin.

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.”

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Vermont Now Accepting Applications for Pardons of Cannabis Charges

vermontStarting today, December 8th, and going until Christmas day, December 25h, Vermont Governor Peter E. Shumlin will consider pardoning “convictions of marijuana possession up to one ounce for those with no felony convictions or violent criminal convictions.” The possession of up to an ounce of cannabis was decriminalized by lawmakers in the state in 2013.

“A governor’s pardon is an extraordinary act”, state’s the governor’s office. “Applying for a pardon does not guarantee a pardon will be granted. All applications will be considered by the Governor and either granted or denied at his discretion.”

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