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Governor Shumlin signs marijuana decriminilization bill

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June 13, 2013

Vermont

By Justin Haas

MONTPELIER, Vermont: Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill into law that makes Vermont the 17th state to either legalize or decriminalize marijuana possession.[1]

Shumlin called it a more "common sense" way to deal with marijuana possession. He said, "When Vermonters do abuse marijuana, let’s make sure it’s a traffic ticket kind of fine and it doesn’t affect the rest of their lives."[1]

Marijuana use is still illegal in Vermont, however criminal penalties are being replaced with civil fines, similar to those one might get for speeding.[1]

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