Legislators in Vermont have introduced legislation that would put an end to criminal penalties on small amounts of illegal drugs. The bill, which was introduced last week, states that the dispensation and possession of small drug amounts would be subject to a referral to a substance-use health and screening service or a fine of up to $50 dollars. The legislation, dubbed H. 422, is sponsored by Reps. Logan Nicoll, Selene Colburn and 12 other legislators. Supporters state that the measure offers a public health approach to overdose deaths and drug use disorders.
In an email to a news outlet, Nicoll stated that the state had led in various ways with the approach to substance misuse prevention and substance use disorder treatment. However, Nicoll continued, too many residents of the state were lost annually to substances, adding that instead of treating drug abusers…
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