The Vermont legislature passed a bill that decriminalizes the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and five grams of hash. Gov. Shumlin signed the the bill into law on June 6, making Vermont the 17th state to remove crinimal penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana.
The first state to decriminalize marijuana was Oregon in 1973. The other states are Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island. In addition, Colorado and Washington fully legalized marijuana last November.