Marijuana convictions pardoned by Peter Shumlin, Governor of Vermont, total almost 200. He explained the move as a sensible approach to the stigma around marijuana use. Understanding the changes in marijuana policy, Shumlin advocates for government officials and citizens of the United States alike to shake the stigma surrounding cannabis, and try to legalize and regulate the recreational use of marijuana. Could Vermont be the next state to legalize the recreational use of cannabis? It seems likely that Vermont will soon create a proposal for the legalization of the plant, introducing another state to the growing campaign and industry. The marijuana convictions pardoned by Peter Shumlin are helping to bring awareness to the unjust stigma around the plant, effectively helping the movement to legalization.
Vermont’s Governor Peter Shumlin has pardoned 192 Vermonters who were convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana.
According to a media release the governor had announced in December that he would look into pardoning folks that did not have a violent criminal history.
A minor marijuana possession charge should not be an anchor that holds back an individual from getting a good job or going about their life,” Governor Shumlin said.
“While attitudes and laws about marijuana use are rapidly changing, there is still a harmful stigma associated with it. My hope was to help as many individuals as I could overcome that stigma and the very real struggles that too often go along with it. Vermont should follow the many states that are legalizing and regulating the use of marijuana and put to an end the incredible failure that is the War on Drugs,” added Shumlin.
According to a media release, 450 people applied for a pardon. Officials say people violent criminal histories or those also convicted of driving under the influence or reckless driving were excluded from being pardoned.
Officials say folks with or marijuana conviction or any other offense can apply for a pardon when the new governor comes into office, you can find out how to fill out a request for record expunge by clicking here. You can find out who received a pardon below.