• Jail official backs legal marijuana
    By
     | November 12,2013
     

    MONTPELIER — A jail superintendent in New Hampshire is speaking out in Vermont in support of legalizing marijuana.

    Richard Van Winkler, superintendent of the Cheshire County House of Corrections, will speak today at a meeting at the Vermont Statehouse that will run from 7 to 9 p.m. He told Vermont Public Radio that under the current system, drug money goes to bad guys and the money funds terrorism.

    “If we legalize, control, regulate, tax in the same way that we do for alcohol, we put the illegal drug dealer out of business,” said Van Winkler, who emphasized that advocating for policy reform is not the same as advocating for using marijuana.

    In July, Vermont decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The states of Colorado and Washington recently legalized marijuana, and Van Winkler thinks other states should follow.

    He estimates that about 15 percent of the inmates at his facility are nonviolent drug offenders.

    MORE IN This Just In
    MONTPELIER — Vermont Health Department says eight children from the Charlotte Central... Full Story
    MONTPELIER — Vermont regulators want an update on the cost estimate for the second phase of the... Full Story
    The former head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Vermont has... Full Story
    More Articles
  •  
     
    • MEDIA GALLERY 
    • VIDEOS
    • PHOTOS