(CannabisNow) Vermont became the latest state in the nation to decriminalize marijuana possession Thursday when Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law legislation that eliminates criminal penalties for the possession of ounce or less by an adult
“This change just makes common sense,” Schumlin said in a statement. “Our limited resources should be focused on reducing abuse and addiction of opiates like heroin and meth rather than cracking down on people for having very small amounts of marijuana.”
The new law replaces criminal penalties with a civil fine for possession of up to an ounce of cannabis or 5 grams of hashish. Applicable to those 21 and older, the law’s provisions for possession under the age of 21 are the same as the underage alcohol possession with court referrals for a first offense followed by civil penalties and/or license suspension and criminal penalties for a third offense.