MONTPELIER, Vt. (NEWS10) – Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin plans on pardoning Vermonters convicted of having small amounts of marijuana.
According to the governor’s office, Gov. Shumlin will consider pardoning convictions of marijuana possession up to one ounce for people who do not have a violent criminal past or felonies on their record.
Today I am announcing an effort using the Governor’s pardoning power to expedite our move to a saner drug policy and criminal justice system,” the Governor said. “Decriminalization was a good first step in updating our outmoded drug laws. It makes no sense that minor marijuana convictions should tarnish the lives of Vermonters indefinitely.”
To seek a pardon, applicants should visit governor.vermont.gov and click on the box titled Pardon Application for Marijuana Possession on the right-hand side.
Applicants will then be directed to a secure webpage application.
The governor’s office says each application will be considered individually and there is no guarantee of a pardon.