Vermont Governor Pardons Almost 200 People Convicted Of Marijuana Possession

He also wants Vermont to legalize it!

By Eric Shorey

America's got bigger problems than marijuana, and with weed decriminalization slowly sweeping the country, more and more states are realizing they've got better things to do than prosecute potheads. That's why Vermont's outgoing governor Peter Shumlin has issued 192 pardons for people convicted of minor marijuana-related crimes. Nice!

"My hope was to help as many individuals as I could overcome that stigma and the very real struggles that too often go along with [drug convictions]," said Shumlin. "Vermont should follow the many states that are legalizing and regulating the use of marijuana and put to an end the incredible failure that is the War on Drugs."

Vermont had decriminalized pot back in 2013, but thousands had been charged with misdemeanor possession before that. The effects of those charges still haunt people long after they've paid their dues to society by making it harder to apply for jobs or college.

Over 450 people applied for the pardon, but only the applicants who had no violent history were granted the pass.

Shumlin will be ousted from office this Thursday.

h/t: SFGate

[Photo: Getty Images]

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