City Council to consider asking voters about decriminalizing pot

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The Burlington City Council is planning to debate whether to ask voters on Town Meeting Day if the possession of small amounts of marijuana should be decriminalized.

Councilor Tim Ashe says the goal is not to make marijuana legal. Rather, it’s about what he calls “a more sane way of treating people who violate this particular law.”

The ballot item would also ask the governor and Legislature to consider decriminalizing marijuana possession.

The issue gained momentum after Gov. Jim Douglas said he was willing to discuss the possible decriminalization of marijuana possession in small amounts.

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