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Vt. gov signs marijuana decriminalization bill


ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has become the 17th state to get rid of criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a measure into law Thursday.

The law replaces criminal penalties with civil fines similar to a traffic ticket for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana or five grams of hashish.

The law also treats possession of such amounts of marijuana by people under age 21 the same as underage possession of alcohol, including referral to court diversion for a first offense, potential civil penalties and/or license suspension, and criminal penalties for a third violation.

Previously, possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana was punishable by a six- to 24-month jail term. Vermont legalized the use of medical marijuana in 2004.

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Lanikaula wrote:
Get with it Hawaii...this could be a huge boost to our economy as one of the most suitable places on this earth for growing crops...instead we lead the 'country' in the development with the now growing awareness of the GMO crops flap, i.e. wheat, corn, soy all w/o the 'interference' & monitoring by the FDA. The 'powers-to-be' in Hawaii want to develop GMO kalo?!?! good on Japan, S.Korea and now the European nations for rejecting those crops that have been now proven to be resistant even to their own weed-killer, Round-Up...let's not allow Monsanto to produce GMO pakalolo and hemp...both proven beneficial and safe!
on June 7,2013 | 04:06AM
dt44 wrote:
It's about time for our legislators follow the lead of more liberal states when dealing with marijuana issues. Decriminalizing pot could free up prison space for more serious offenders and maybe there won't be a need to send criminals to prisons in other states. It costs too much to jail people for petty marijuana offenses. In addition, instead of raising revenue through taxation, Hawaii should also consider legalizing some sort of lottery system to fund some of our much needed infrastructure, schools and social programs for the needy and homeless. Hawaii has over 7 million visitors each year so there is potential to raise quite a bit of money through lottery ticket sales.
on June 7,2013 | 05:39AM
serious wrote:
dt44: You got it right. Legalize marijuana, get a lottery, make wearing head protection for bikers mandatory, and send a message to our federal legislators to eliminate Hawaii from the Jones Act.
on June 7,2013 | 05:56AM
Macadamiamac wrote:
Our gutless legislators and futless Governor would never have the cojones to do this despite the overwhelming scientific evidence that marijuana is not a "dangerous" Schedule 1 drug. But we elect lolo's and hope for change. (That's known as idiocy).
on June 7,2013 | 06:39AM
kainalu wrote:
Welcome to the New Millennium, Vermont!
on June 7,2013 | 07:40AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
How long will it take Hawaii to realize that marijuana, a plant, used for medicinal and recreational purpose regardless of the law, that is not more dangerous for our roadways than the common alcohol (which kills thousands upon thousands each year on our roads and through liver damage, etc.) should be legalized? We need to save space in our penal institutions for real criminals and allow our citizens who partake of this plant to continue to be otherwise law abiding citizens who contribute to society in taxes. Marijuana is readily available and enriches the drug dealers and criminal underground to support their other criminal enterprise. As such, making marijuana illegal ironically makes it the gateway drug. For by forcing the plant users to go to drug dealers they are more exposed to other drugs that are dangerous such as crystal meth. Crystal meth has destroyed may lives and will continue to do so. Give the people an alternative and you will help to prevent the use of this drug. It's time we get off of that archaic Reefer Madness mentality as studies have already shown that marijuana will not make the user go mad. It was simply a propaganda that needs to go. We need to legalize it so that it can be regulated, sold and thus taxed.
on June 7,2013 | 08:54AM
Bully wrote:
Another State thats smarter then Hawaii.
on June 7,2013 | 09:16AM
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