“How has decriminalization of marijuana impacted the department so far? Is the law clear or confusing? Have tickets for small amounts of marijuana been given out to anyone?”
Decriminalization of marijuana has not impacted the department in a meaningful way. Officers have been trained in the new law and the various enforcement actions involved. There have been some minor changes in the way we store and process marijuana evidence as well.
The law is relatively complex, with different enforcement requirements based on the defendant’s age and the weight of the drugs. There were also changes made to the law related to the forensic testing of suspected marijuana by the Vermont Forensic Laboratory. That said, the law is not confusing.
The department has issued a few civil violation tickets for possession of marijuana.
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