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  1. SmokeTwibz

    The Vermont House of Representatives Friday approved a bill that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The bill passed on a vote of 98-44.

    The bill is set for one more procedural House vote this week before moving to the Senate. The bill is supported by state Attorney General William Sorrell and Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn, both of whom testified for it in the House. Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) has also expressed support for decriminalization.

    Introduced by Rep. Christopher Pearson (P-Burlington) with a tri-partisan group of 38 cosponsors, House Bill 200 would decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of pot, making it only a ticketable offense, like a traffic citation. Minors under 21 would additionally have to undergo substance abuse screening.

    Under current Vermont law, possession of up to two ounces is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail, and up to two years in jail if it's not a first offense.

    "Vermont is another step closer to adopting a more sensible approach to marijuana policy," said Matt Simon, a legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. "The support demonstrated by members of the House reflects that of the state's top law enforcement officials and the voters."

    Marijuana is decriminalized in 17 states, including Vermont's neighbors, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York.

    Montpelier, VT
    United States

    by Phillip Smith
    April 15, 2013
    http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2013/apr/15/vermont_house_passes_marijuana_d

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    SmokeTwibz
    My name is Jason Jones. I'm from Rochester, MN and I'm 35 years old. I scrap metal and work as grounds keeper at a local trailer park. In the winter, I shovel a bunch of driveways and sidewalks to make some extra money and to stay busy. In my free time, I try to find interesting articles about the war on drugs that I can post on Drugs-Forum, so that the information can reach a wider audience.

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  1. SmokeTwibz
    Vermont Senate Votes to Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Bill
    [imgr=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=32810&stc=1&d=1368059092[/imgr]
    MONTPELIER, VT – The Vermont Senate voted 24-6 Tuesday to give initial approval to a bill that would decriminalize possession of limited amounts of marijuana. After the Senate gives its final approval, which could happen as early as today, it will be sent to the House of Representatives to sign off on the amended bill before sending it to Gov. Peter Shumlin for his signature.

    The House of Representatives gave its initial approval to the bill on April 16, and Gov. Shumlin has expressed support for the proposal. Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell and Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn testified in favor of the bill.

    “We are pleased to see the Senate has joined their colleagues in the House and given their initial approval to this important legislation,” said Matt Simon, a legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. “There is exceptionally strong support for this proposal among the voters and the legislature has really stepped up and delivered.

    “The public’s attitude toward marijuana is changing in Vermont and around the nation,” Simon said. “Most people agree that simply possessing a substance less harmful than alcohol should not warrant potentially life-altering criminal penalties.”

    H. 200, introduced by Rep. Christopher Pearson (P-Burlington) with a tripartisan group of 38 co-sponsors, would remove criminal penalties for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and replace them with a civil fine, similar to a traffic ticket. Those under age 21 would be required to undergo substance abuse screening.

    Under current state law, possession of up to two ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail for a first offense and up to two years in jail for a subsequent offense.

    Nearly two-thirds (63%) of Vermont voters support removing criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana and replacing them with a civil fine, according to a survey conducted by Public Policy Polling in February 2012.

    By Marijuana Policy Project | May 8, 2013
    http://www.thedailychronic.net/2013...-to-approve-marijuana-decriminalization-bill/
  2. SmokeTwibz
    [imgr=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=32886&stc=1&d=1368471144[/imgr]
    Vermont Becomes the 17th State to Decriminalize Marijuana

    MONTPELIER – State lawmakers gave final approval Monday to a measure that will decriminalize possession of limited amounts of marijuana in Vermont.

    The bill will now be transmitted to Gov. Peter Shumlin, who is expected to sign it into law in coming weeks, at which time Vermont will become the 17th state in the nation to decriminalize or legalize marijuana.

    “We applaud the Vermont Legislature for adopting this much-needed legislation and setting an example for other states in the region and around the country,” said Matt Simon, a legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. “The exceptionally broad support demonstrated for this measure reflects the progress our nation is making toward adopting a new and more sensible approach to marijuana policy.

    “The days of criminalizing people simply for using a substance less harmful than alcohol are coming to an end,” Simon said.

    House Bill 200, introduced by Rep. Christopher Pearson (P-Burlington) with a tripartisan group of 38 co-sponsors, will remove criminal penalties for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and replace them with a civil fine, similar to a traffic ticket.

    Those under age 21 would be required to undergo substance abuse screening. Under current state law, possession of up to two ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail for a first offense and up to two years in jail for a subsequent offense.

    Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell and Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn testified in favor of the bill, and nearly two-thirds (63%) of Vermont voters support such a proposal, according to a survey conducted by Public Policy Polling in February 2012.

    By Marijuana Policy Project | May 13, 2013
    The Daily Chronic
    Source:
    http://www.thedailychronic.net/2013/17873/vermont-legislature-passes-marijuana-decriminalization-gov-shumlin-expected-to-sign-bill-into-law/
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    http://thejointblog.com/


  3. SpatialReason
    Sad to say: if you still want a job, you can't smoke. Just don't forego this important understanding.
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