01-31-2008, 11:12 PM
Vermont Legislature To Hold Second Hearing on Decriminalizing Pot
Vermont and the Northeast US are looking more and more appealing as places to live. Taking stands against the Federal government and moving towards legal pot... definitely 2 strong points in my book.
Action Alert: Vermont Legislature To Hold Second Hearing on Decriminalizing Pot!
Dear Vermont NORML Supporters:
NORML is pleased to announce that on Friday, February 1, the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its second hearing regarding Senate Bill 238, which seeks to reclassify minor marijuana penalties from a misdemeanor to a civil violation. The hearing will take place at 9AM in Room 1 of the Vermont State House. Citizens like you are invited and encouraged to attend. (For directions to the Vermont State House, please direct your browser here.)
As introduced, Senate Bill 238 would replace existing criminal sanctions outlawing the possession, cultivation, and sale of minor quantities of cannabis with civil sanctions, punishable by a fine only.
Specifically, the bill would impose a civil penalty of no more than $250 upon first-time offenders found guilty of possessing up to two ounces of marijuana or growing up to two marijuana plants. Offenders found guilty of possessing between two and four ounces of marijuana and/or cultivating up to five marijuana plants would face civil fines as high as $1,000. Defendants found guilty of possessing or cultivating amounts above this threshold would face up to three years imprisonment under the proposed law.
Under current state law, the possession or cultivation of any amount of cannabis is a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to six months in jail.
Senate Bill 238 also seeks to reduce violations involving the transfer of small amounts of cannabis from a felony offense to a civil violation.
However, this legislation will only receive serious consideration if Vermont's elected officials hear an unmistakable message of support from their constituents.
If you live in Vermont and wish to end the needless prosecution of adults who consume small amounts of cannabis, then it is vital that you attend Friday's hearing. If you can not attend in person, please send an e-mail letter to your Senator today urging him or her to support SB 238. If your representative sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, then it is especially important that he or she hears from you. Because Friday's hearing will feature testimony from the bill's opponents, it is more important than ever that you contact your senator now and voice your support for SB 238. For your convenience, a pre-written letter in favor of SB 238 will be mailed to your state representative when you enter your zip code below.
Thank you for your support of NORML and our efforts to enact marijuana law reform in Vermont.
National Outreach Coordinator
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