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Decriminalization of marijuana

01/24/08 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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When a person is caught with 4 ounces of pot in Vermont, what should the legal punishment be? It's question under debate at the Statehouse, where a bill would reduce the severity of the offense from a criminal act to a civil violation. Proponents say decriminalization would free up police and court resources for more serious crimes, but law enforcement officials say the change would lead to more trafficking and would make serious drug offenders harder to find. We looks at the pros and cons of bill S. 238 with Newport Police Chief Paul Duquette, and one of the lead sponsors of the bill. (Listen)

"Dean and Me"
Four years ago, when Howard Dean's presidential campaign was heating up, Stowe resident Heath Eiden grabbed his camera and hit the campaign trail alongside the candidate. What he captured during those tumultuous weeks is now collected in a documentary, "Dean and Me: Roadshow of an American Primary. " We talk with Eiden about the movie, and about what he learned on the campaign trail. (Listen)

Postcards from Vermont towns
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