On Jan. 3, 2016, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin issued pardons to 192 individuals who had previously been convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession, as reported by Burlington Free Press.
Shumlin originally announced on Dec. 8, 2016, that Vermonters convicted of marijuana possession of up to one ounce could apply for pardons. With his term as governor ending on Jan. 5, Shumlin had a limited window of time to process the 450 pardon applications his office ended up receiving.
“My hope was to help as many individuals as I could overcome that stigma and the very real struggles that too often go along with it,” Shumlin said. “Vermont should follow the many states that are legalizing and regulating the use of marijuana and put to an end the incredible failure that is the War on Drugs.”
With Vermont having decriminalized misdemeanor marijuana possession in 2013, Shumlin gave those convicted prior to 2013 a chance to have their convictions pardoned.