House Set To Pass Decriminalization Bill

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The Vermont House is expected to give final approval to a bill that would remove criminal penalties for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana – and a key member of the Senate says that chamber is likely to follow suit.

The bill given preliminary approval in the House on Friday by a 98-44 vote comes up for final House action on Tuesday. Instead of a criminal penalty, those caught with up to an ounce of pot would face a civil fine like a traffic ticket of up to $300. It also seeks to reduce the chances that anyone caught with up to two ounces will have a permanent criminal record.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Sears says he thinks the bill will get similar support in the Senate.

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