vermont marijuana

vermont marijuana, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, who supported the bill when first proposed, signed in the new law on Saturday, June 8. However, the Huffington Post reports, it will not go into effect until July 1.

The new law states that if a person is caught with up to an ounce of marijuana, they will only face a fine, starting at $200, and increasing with more offenses. According to Reuters, the law includes less than five grams of hashish, a type of marijuana.

“Vermonters support sensible drug policies. This legislation allows our courts and law enforcement to focus their limited resources more effectively to fight highly addictive opiates such as heroin and prescription drugs that are tearing apart families and communities,” said Governor Shumlin.

Vermont legalized marijuana for medical reasons in 2004. Prior to the newly signed bill, people in possession of any amount of marijuana would face jail time.

California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Oregon and Rhode Island are similar states where possession of recreational marijuana is a civil offense.
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