Vermont Senate Votes To Double Amount Of Marijuana That Can Be Possessed And Grown Without Jail Time

Vermont Senate Votes To Double Amount Of Marijuana That Can Be Possessed And Grown Without Jail Time

The Vermont Senate approved a bill on Thursday that would double the amount of marijuana that can be possessed and grown without the threat of jail time The legislation also contains provisions for automatic expungements that stand to clear the records for thousands of misdemeanor cannabis convictions. While the state legalized possession of up to one ounce and cultivation of two plants in 2018, possession of a second ounce or third or fourth plant is currently considered a misdemeanor. The expungement bill, which cleared the chamber in a voice vote, was amended to add language making it so possessing up to two ounces or growing that third or fourth plant would be treated as a civil infraction punishable by a $100 fine and no jail time. Possession of more than two ounces or four plants would be treated as a misdemeanor, and individuals convicted could go through a court diversion program. The main component of the legislation as originally introduced, however, concerns expungements. Text of the bill states that the “court shall order the expungement of criminal history records of violations of 18 V.S.A. § 4230(a)(1) that occurred prior to July 1, 2020” and the “process for expunging these records shall be completed not later than July 1, 2021.” “Upon entry of an expungement order, the order shall be legally effective immediately and the person whose record is expunged shall be treated in all respects as if he or she had never been arrested, convicted, or sentenced for the offense,”…

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