The Vermont House of Representatives gave final approval Tuesday to a bill 92-49 that would decriminalize possession of limited amounts of marijuana. It will now move to the Senate for consideration.
Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell and Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn testified in favor of the proposal at House and Senate committee hearings, and Gov. Peter Shumlin has also expressed support.
“We hope members of the Senate will agree with their colleagues in the House and our state’s top law enforcement officials that it is time for a more sensible approach to marijuana policy in Vermont,” said Matt Simon, a legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. “There is no need to subject people to life-altering criminal penalties simply for using a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol.”