A bill to decriminalize marijuana in Vermont has passed the legislature, and now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. Currently possessing up to an ounce of marijuana in Vermont is punishable by 6 months in jail – the new law will make possession of up to an ounce a simple ticket, rather than an arrestable misdemeanor.
In a state where recent polling shows 61% of residents in support of decriminalization, the bill is expected to be signed by the governor without debate. Even the state’s attorney general is in full support of the change, and has lobbied for decriminalization of possession, and even home cultivation.
This will make Vermont the 17th state in the country to decriminalize or legalize cannabis.