The head prosecutor in Vermont’s most populous county is about to make a significant offer to the public, signaling a willingness to erase criminal convictions for certain marijuana crimes which her office handled.
“I actually think we’re behind in this discussion,” said Chittenden County’s State Attorney, Sarah George.
George said Thursday that she is still ironing out a plan to wipe away convictions on low-level marijuana crimes — even from many years ago — now that Vermont law is changing its attitudes toward pot.
“Any time that someone has a conviction on their record of something that is now legal, it should be expunged,” George said.
Early this year, Gov. Phil Scott (R-Vermont) authorized new state rules on recreational marijuana.
Starting July 1, people 21 and up can legally possess an ounce of pot in Vermont, as well as grow a few plants for personal use.
Selling marijuana will remain illegal for now, though some lawmakers have proposed a tax-and-regulate system of authorized marijuana retail businesses. That concept is likely to be revisited in the Vermont Legislature next year.