Throughout the country, pardons are happening left and right. Over the years there have been multiple pardons granted by Obama and state governors; The taboos around marijuana are falling quickly as more and more people get educated about the true effects and benefits of marijuana. While it’s definitely not federally legal yet, people all over the country are getting their lives back from pardons. Just recently, Vermont’s Governor Peter Shumlin pardoned nearly 200 people who had been convicted of marijuana possession within the state of Vermont.
Governor Peter Shumlin made a claim last month that he would be considering pardons for those that apply. This week he stuck to his word when he pardoned 192 individuals who had been convicted of marijuana possession over the years. This decision was inspired by not only his term in office coming to an end, but also helping those affected overcome the stigma correlated with marijuana laws. The 192 people pardoned were out of 400 people, showing that less than half of those considered were actually pardoned; as unfortunate as that is the truth is undeniable – 192 people have gotten their lives back.
Vermont is currently a medical marijuana state. The man who will be replacing Peter Shumlin as Governor, Phil Scott, has been hesitant towards the idea of recreational legalization but has expressed that it may be in the future cards for Vermont. While I feel for the 200+ people who are still tied to such petty and outdated convictions, it’s only a matter of time until Vermont is recreational as well. Recreational legalization won’t fix their records, but the constant growth of legalization and the cannabis industry are on an inevitable path to federal legalization and pardons nationwide.
Source: New York Times