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Marijuana decriminalization has been voted on and approved by the Vermont Legislature.

The Vermont House approved Senate changes to a marijuana decriminalization bill this morning. Now, the bill goes to Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin. The Marijuana Policy Project reports in a press release that Shumlin is likely to sign it in the coming weeks.

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In its entirety, the process took a bit over two months. Vermont’s marijuana decriminalization bills (H.200 in the House and S.48 in the Senate) were introduced in the beginning of February. The bill was first approved by the Vermont House on April 16, and the Senate approved and returned it to the House last week. Changes to the bill were approved today by the House. Now it’s off to Shumlin.

This is what the legislation does, per MPP:

“[The bill] 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.

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Vote “Yes” on Decriminalizing Marijuana

Vote “Yes” on Decriminalizing Marijuana

As it happens, Project SAM–the anti-marijuana group launched by former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (R-RI) and former drug czar advisor Kevin Sabet–started a Vermont chapter in late April. A number of advocates for legalization see Vermont as a good candidate for tax-and-regulate, meaning Project SAM is likely to be an active-and loud- voice in that debate.

Rudoi Law offers expertise in the new legal field surrounding the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. Before you act under the MMMA, we strongly encourage you to have a legal consultation to steer clear of known problems.

Whether you’re a patient needing medical marijuana or a considering becoming a medical marihuana provider, Rudoi Law can help you navigate the shifting, uncertain terrain. We can advise you on the registrations needed and the restrictions proscribed by the Michigan Legislature.

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We can also advise you on the prevailing attitudes of prosecutors in your area and what to do in the event you are confronted by law enforcement.

Remember: being confronted by the police about medical marihuana is a real possibility and could have serious consequences. You need to be prepared to defend yourself from overzealous officials.

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