Bill would make pot possession a civil offense

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State lawmakers say they’re considering decriminalizing marijuana possession, and they’ve scheduled a January 23rd public hearing in Montpelier to hear from Vermonters about it.

The bill in the state Senate would make it a civil offense to possess small amounts of marijuana.

Senator Jeanette White of Windham County wants to make possession of up to four ounces of pot or two small marijuana plants punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.

Eleven other states have similar state laws, some dating to the 1970s.

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