An overwhelming 63 percent of voters in the state of Vermont support reducing the penalty for simple marijuana possession to a small fine, according to new polling of registered voters by PPP for the Marijuana Policy Project. From MPP:

Current Vermont law provides for a jail term of up to six months and a fine of up to $500 for simple possession of marijuana. Would you support or oppose a change in the law to provide for a fine of up to $150 without jail time for those who possess an ounce or less of marijuana for personal use?

Support …………63%
Oppose ………… 29%
Not Sure ………..8%

In addition, the poll found that the people of the state strongly back its medical marijuana laws. A full 75 percent of voters in the state support the medical marijuana laws while only 18 percent oppose it.

Perhaps the most interesting result of the poll is that Vermonters view marijuana as much safer than alcohol. A plurality of 42 percent of voters, when asked, said they believe marijuana is safer than alcohol. On the other hand, only 32 percent of voters feel the two substance are about equally as safe, and just 15 percent believe alcohol is actually safer than cannabis.

As one of the more liberal states in the country, it is not surprising that the people of Vermont are so open to marijuana policy reform.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at