States throughout the Nation appear to be lightening up with regard to marijuana laws a faster rate than ever before on the heels of Colorado and Washington State’s decisions end prohibition against the plant late last year.
In Vermont, one of the latest States to rethink harsh marijuana laws, Representatives approved a bill 98-44 on Friday to decriminalize possession of limited amounts of marijuana. The bill will move on to the State’s Senate with support from Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell and Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn, both of whom testified in favor of the bill, as well as an endorsement from Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin.
“Vermont is another step closer to adopting a more sensible approach to marijuana policy,” said Matt Simon, a legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. “The support demonstrated by members of the House reflects that of the state’s top law enforcement officials and the voters.”
Colorado and Washington are expected to reap economic reward for legalizing the homegrown drug later this month as thousands of people are expected to travel to the States to celebrate April 20, a sort of counterculture holiday for pot users.
Marijuana remains Federally prohibited, but the Justice Department has yet to take drastic actions against marijuana-enabling States in the most recent round of legalization efforts. Regardless of your views on marijuana use, recent State-level legalization of the plant is nothing but good news for States’ rights.