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H 200 - Reduces Penalties for Small Amounts of Marijuana - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Reduces Penalties for Small Amounts of Marijuana

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (92-49) - (Key vote)

Title: Reduces Penalties for Small Amounts of Marijuana

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that reduces penalties for individuals that knowingly possess or cultivate less than 1 ounce of marijuana, effective July 1, 2013.

Highlights:
  • Classifies the possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana by an individual who is at least 21 years of age as a civil violation resulting in a fine of no more than $300 (Sec. 2).
  • Prohibits the creation of a criminal history record of any kind for an individual who violates the provisions of this bill (Sec. 2).
  • Establishes the following penalties for an individual who is at least 21 years of age that knowingly possesses or cultivates between 1 and 2 ounces of marijuana (Sec. 1):
    • For the first offense, no more than 6 months imprisonment; a fine no more than $500, or both; and
    • For a second offense, no more than 2 years imprisonment, a fine no more than $2,000, or both. 
  • Classifies the possession of marijuana by an individual under the age of 21 as a civil violation resulting in required enrollment in a Youth Substance Abuse Safety program (Sec. 3).
  • Specifies that an individual under the age of 21 who fails to complete the Youth Substance Abuse Safety program successfully will be subject to the following penalties (Sec. 3):
    • A suspension of the individual’s operator’s license and privilege to operate a motor vehicle for 90 days;
    • A civil penalty of $300 for the first and second offense; and
    • A civil penalty of $1,000 for the third and subsequent offense.
  • Prohibits an individual from smoking marijuana while operating a motor vehicle (Sec. 4).
  • Establishes a task force for the purpose of developing and submitting recommendations to the General Assembly to address drugged driving in Vermont (Sec. 7).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Reduces Penalties for Small Amounts of Marijuana

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