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Vt. Senate votes to decriminalize marijuana

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Legislation that would remove criminal penalties and replace them with civil fines like a traffic ticket for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana is up for a second vote in the Vermont Senate.
 
The Senate gave the measure preliminary approval by a vote of 24-6 on Tuesday.
 
The bill will be voted on again Wednesday before it returns to the House for consideration of relatively minor changes.

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