Last night, marijuana was on the minds of many at the Statehouse. About 100 people filled the big meeting room in the capitol for a hearing on whether small amounts of the drug should be decriminalized. The Senate Judiciary Committee had invited the public testimony, and for an hour and half, people went to the microphone to share their views – most of them in favor of decriminalization.
Senator Jeanette White is a Democrat from Windham County and one of the sponsors of the bill. Paul Duquette is the president of the Vermont Police Chiefs Association. They spoke with VPR’s Jane Lindholm about bill S. 238 and what it would mean for the state.