Vermont governor Peter Shumlin signed marijuana decriminalization into law June 6. As of July 1st, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana will not result in an arrest or a criminal record but will be treated as a civil infraction, with a fine not to exceed $200 for a first-time offender. (Incorrigible smokers will pay more for repeat offenses.)
Vermont’s law, which was passed by the legislature rather than by citizen initiative as in Massachuetts, makes Vermont one of 15 states in which possession of small amounts of cannabis have been decriminalized. Medical marijuana has been legal in Vermont since 2004.