Vermont Decriminalizes Marijuana

Vermont is the 16th state to decriminalize marijuana.

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 16th 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.

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.