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Vermont Governor Announces Plans for Pardoning Marijuana Possession Charges

Vermont Governor Announces Plans For Pardoning Marijuana Possession Charges

“Today I am announcing an effort using the Governor’s pardoning power to expedite our move to a saner drug policy and criminal justice system,” Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin said at an event on Thursday. This explosive announcement offers hope for those who have small possession charges on their record. Gov. Peter Shumlin stated that for his last few weeks in office, he is accepting pardon applications for any Vermont citizen who has been convicted of possessing up to an ounce of marijuana. On July 1, 2013, marijuana possession up to one ounce was decriminalized in Vermont. “Decriminalization was a good first step in updating our outmoded drug laws. It makes no sense that minor marijuana convictions should tarnish the lives of Vermonters indefinitely,” Shumlin said. “This is the right thing to do.” Gov. Peter Shumlin announces Thursday he will consider pardons for those convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger Now before he leaves...

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