Vermont: Lawmakers Approve Automatic Expungement and Expanded Possession Limits
Members of the Vermont House of Representatives have given preliminary approval to legislation to facilitate the automatic expungement of many past, low-level marijuana possession convictions.
Those convicted of possession offenses of up to two ounces of marijuana would be eligible to get their records automatically wiped clean under this proposal. Once a person’s record is cleared, they will be notified via mail.
The measure would also further depenalize marijuana-related activities involving the possession of between one and two ounces of cannabis and/or the personal cultivation of up to four mature marijuana plants, punishable by a maximum $100 fine for a first offense, $200 for the second offense and $500 for subsequent offenses.
A separate provision in the bill states that, starting in January 2021, those with such convictions would not be required to disclose the conviction regardless of whether or not they’ve received notice of expungement.
The measure was approved by a 113-10 vote, and a final House vote is expected this week. Then, the measure will head back to the Senate for a final approval vote before being sent to Governor Scott’s desk.