Vermont House considers marijuana decriminalization bill

March 29, 2013; Terri Hallenbeck; Burlington Free Press

Vermont would hardly be in the forefront if it decriminalizes marijuana, Rep. Chris Pearson, P-Burlington, lead sponsor of the bill, told the committee. He pointed out that Maine has had such a law since 1976 and New York since 1977.

Pearson said that means those caught with a small amount of marijuana won’t face a lifelong criminal record that could hurt their chances at college loans, jobs and housing.

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