Governor Shumlin issues nearly 200 pardons for minor marijuana convictions

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Governor Shumlin issues nearly 200 pardons for minor marijuana convictions

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 11:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin has pardoned 192 individuals convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana. In December, the Governor announced that he would consider pardons for those with minor marijuana possession charges who did not have violent criminal histories. With pardons, Shumlin has set the record for most pardons issued by a Vermont governor.

“A minor marijuana possession charge should not be an anchor that holds back an individual from getting a good job or going about their life,” Shumlin said. “While attitudes and laws about marijuana use are rapidly changing, there is still a harmful stigma associated with it. My hope was to help as many individuals as I could overcome that stigma and the very real struggles that too often go along with it. Vermont should follow the many states that are legalizing and regulating the use of marijuana and put to an end the incredible failure that is the War on Drugs.”

In 2013, Shumlin signed a law decriminalizing possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. Before the law was changed, thousands of Vermonters were charged with the misdemeanor offense of possessing up to two ounces of marijuana. For many of those individuals, that misdemeanor offense presented lasting challenges, including difficulty finding employment, working in federal buildings, applying to college, chaperoning their children on school trips, becoming a caretaker for a partner, traveling internationally, or obtaining a professional license. 

About 450 individuals applied for a pardon by the Governor. After processing all of those applications, conducting background checks, and reviewing criminal histories, the governor decided to pardon 192 individuals. The Governor did not pardon those with violent criminal histories or those also convicted of driving under the influence or reckless driving. Below is a list of individuals pardoned by the Governor. All pardons were for the conviction of misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Under the 2013 decriminalization law, individuals convicted of minor marijuana possession may request to have a qualifying offense expunged from their record through the court process. More information from the Judiciary about how to file a request for expungement is available here. Individuals convicted or marijuana or any other offense can also apply for a pardon under the next governor.  

During his six years in office, Shumlin has issued 208 pardons, more than any governor in the history of Vermont.

First

Middle

Last

DOB

Town

State

Mary

M.

Albyn

5/11/1951

Pawlet

VT

Timothy

R.

Baker

12/29/1979

Colchester

VT

Mark

E.

Ballou

11/19/1958

Plymouth

VT

Edward

J.

Barber

2/8/1958

NEWPORT

VT

Richard

A.

Barnier Jr.

12/25/1955

Essex Junction

VT

Daniel

G.

Beaupre

5/28/1970

Milton

VT

Michael

T.

Benjamin

10/5/1984

Colchester

VT

Bernard

 

Benoit

7/4/1967

Swanton

VT

Steven

 

Berard

11/25/1987

Sheffield

VT

Tina

M.

Bergeron

6/8/1986

Highgate CTR

VT

Brian

G.

Berry

3/4/1947

Putney

VT

Tyler

N.

Beswick

4/1/1972

St. Johnsbury

VT

Brian

J.

Betit

3/10/1975

WHITINGHAM

VT

Thomas

J.

Billings

9/8/1965

Burlington

VT

William

H.

Blake

10/18/1960

Underhill Center

VT

Karl

J.

Blank

11/1/1978

Brattleboro

VT

Peter

W.

Blum

1/12/1952

Springfield

VT

Patrick

J.

Boandl

7/7/1960

Chittenden

VT

Justin

P.

Boland

5/5/1981

Middlesex

VT

Gary

L.

Bolio Jr.

10/11/1971

Belvidere

VT

Heidi

 

Booska

9/12/1978

Milton

VT

Justin

M.

Brock

9/5/1982

Proctor

VT

Lisa

M.

Brooks

9/30/1965

Jeffersonville

VT

Perry

R.

Browe

8/11/1959

East Wallingford

VT

Victoria

A.

Brown

10/22/1976

Plainfield

VT

Robert

G.

Burge

3/10/1988

Quincy

MA

Jason

E.

Burmeister

7/30/1975

Staten Island

NY

Ira

P.

Bush

12/29/1978

South Londonderry

VT

Annette

M.

Cadieux

5/3/1962

Montpelier

VT

Stacy

L.

Campbell

7/20/1983

Burlington

VT

Mark

J.

Campbell

1/28/1957

North Middlesex,

VT

Elijah

 

Capron

2/25/1984

Newport

VT

Ethan

D.

Caron

9/8/1978

N. Stratford

NH

Jeremy

M.

Case

5/26/1977

Arlington

VT

Gregory

B.

Casto

7/7/1977

Burlington

VT

Gordon

 

Chaffee

10/26/1967

Barton

VT

Roger

C.

Champney

6/16/1970

Waterbury center

VT

Michelle

 

Chandler

6/13/1986

Burlington

VT

Kirk

E.

Cleveland

5/2/1967

Barton

VT

Ryan

C.

Clifford

4/30/1993

Rutland

VT

Zachary

J.

Cogswell

7/9/1990

Brattleboro

VT

Jason

A.

Colburn

11/5/1973

LUDLOW

VT

Scott

A.

Constantine

11/12/1974

Essex Jct

VT

David

C.

Cook

8/17/1974

South Strafford

VT

Angie

L.

Corliss

5/26/1974

Brandon

VT

Jesse

 

Crosier

8/18/1991

North Bennington

VT

Timothy

A.

Cross Jr.

11/17/1987

Burlington

VT

Ryan

L.

Crowe

1/17/1989

Bethlehem

NH

Matthew

J.

Cunningham

9/29/1978

Fairfax

VT

Dan

T.

Curran

10/23/1963

North Springfield

VT

Richard

R.

Davis

4/1/1959

Saint Johnsbury

VT

Shane

M.

Dever

8/20/1976

Yorktown

NY

Caleb

J.

Doney

4/26/1990

Northfield

VT

Alfred

L.

Donovan

8/26/1967

Danville

VT

Arianna

L.

Dube

2/5/1992

Northfield

VT

Christopher

 

Dunkle

7/27/1977

Burlington

VT

Justin

P.

Eaton

4/27/1987

MIDDLEBURY

VT

Daniel

P.

Edson

2/9/1983

St. Albans

VT

Robert

 

Elmes

8/3/1950

Lyndonville

VT

Scott

J.

Esmond

2/17/1965

Jericho

VT

George

W.

Estes III

12/17/1961

Barre

VT

Christopher

 

Farhart

8/1/1975

Groton

VT

Richard

D.

Fitzgerald

3/7/1985

Mendon

VT

Shannon

L.

Fletcher

1/20/1968

Springfield

VT

Ryan

A.

Francoeur

8/17/1985

Leicester

VT

Levi

S.

Fullam

7/28/1984

Goshen

VT

Jessica

L.

Fuller

10/17/1978

Williamstown

VT

Richard

D.

Gallagher

8/8/1974

Fairfax

VT

Ryan

B.

Gammell

12/2/1987

Danville

VT

Justin

S.

Garner

5/20/1981

Brattleboro

VT

Scott

W.

Gordon

7/4/1971

East Montpelier

VT

Ryan

E.

Greaves

5/13/1985

Hardwick

VT

Joseph

D.

Hagan

9/26/1978

New Haven

VT

Phoebe

 

Haggett

8/9/1965

Plainfield

VT

Andrew

L.

Harkness

3/9/1979

Sarasota

FL

Christopher

P.

Harper

3/17/1987

Newark

DE

Benjamin

D.

Heath

11/16/1984

Richmond

VT

Merrill

D.

Hersey

11/25/1982

Richford

VT

Amos

R.

Higbee

2/14/1984

North Ferrisburgh

VT

Nathan

L.

Holcomb

6/25/1980

Georgia

VT

Connor

Z.

Horvath

6/16/1988

Wilder

VT

Theresa

 

Howard

7/9/1964

Wolcott

VT

Edward

S.

Hoyt Jr.

1/19/1962

Johnson

VT

Eric

E.

Huestis

12/29/1974

North Ferrisburgh

VT

Adam

L.

Hurlburt

10/26/1987

Burlington

VT

Jeffery

C.

Isenor

6/15/1979

Windsor

VT

Kimberly

 

Jones

7/9/1988

Proctor

VT

Cory

B.

Jones

9/22/1981

Newport

VT

Forrest

 

Keelty

2/24/1976

East Fairfield

VT

Jonathon

M.

Keyes

9/15/1987

Manchester Ctr

VT

Ryan

P.

King

10/2/1976

Colchester

VT

Jason

M.

Knapp

12/31/1976

Randolph

VT

Jennifer

M.

Kosa

7/6/1979

Grand isle

VT

Richard

M.

Lafayette

10/8/1987

Burlington

VT

Amanda

L.

Lafond

1/23/1979

BURLINGOTN

VT

Louis

F.

Lafountain

12/18/1961

EDEN

VT

Brent

G.

Lafountain

6/18/1972

Johnson

VT

Christopher

A.

Lafountain

3/31/1975

island pond

VT

Anthony

B.

Lamb Jr.

7/4/1978

Williston

VT

Kaleb

E.

Lamos

9/11/1991

Essex Junction

VT

Justin

P.

Lavely

1/12/1982

Danville

VT

Efran

 

Lebron-Arroyo

4/15/1980

Norwich

VT

James

L.

Legg

9/27/1983

Lowell

VT

Ross

R.

Lendway

10/11/1984

Boston

MA

Samuel

E.

Limeburner

1/24/1992

Middlebury

VT

Adam

J.

Lumbra

8/14/1976

Montgomery center

VT

Amanda

M.

Lynch

5/13/1990

Putney

VT

Richard

T.

MacDonald

4/18/1955

Newport

VT

Jua

 

Malik

5/19/1973

Essex Jct

VT

Arianna

L.

Markham

2/5/1992

Northfield

VT

Jesse

K.

Martin

8/7/1982

Barre

VT

James

P.

Martin

4/21/1986

Colchester

VT

Brooke

J.

Mason

4/16/1994

EAST FAIRFIELD

VT

Greg

 

Masure

4/26/1965

MONTPELIER

VT

Heather

 

Mateja

7/25/1974

Waterville

VT

Timothy

W.

Maxim

5/18/1977

San Diego

CA

Carl

 

Maxwell

6/12/1976

St Johnsbury

VT

Brandon

 

McAdams

1/4/1985

Suffolk

VA

Cory

 

McCarty

4/23/1991

Passumpsic

VT

David

 

McGinley

7/30/1988

ARLINGTON

VT

Christopher

J.

Mckimmey

10/25/1978

Essex

VT

William

B.

McLaughlin

3/31/1979

Bennington

VT

Angel

M.

McLean

3/20/1982

Barre

VT

Paul

M.

Meilleur

2/19/1953

East Fairfield

VT

Joel

A.

Millington

7/24/1978

Bennington

VT

Dean

K.

Minthorn

1/19/1956

Bomoseen

VT

Marc

C.

Miranda

4/25/1983

Rutland

VT

John

E.

Mitchell-Beam

4/9/1975

Springfield

VT

Michael

J.

Morris

11/12/1968

White River Junction

VT

Thomas

P.

Morse

8/7/1980

Montpelier

VT

Sanda

S.

Mortensen

4/20/1955

Burlington

VT

David

 

Murray

2/5/1978

West Charleston

VT

Casey

 

Nadeau

12/27/1989

Newport

VT

Shannyn

S.

Negev

11/23/1969

Jericho

VT

Brian

 

Neilson

5/29/1980

Stowe

VT

Shane

P.

O'Connell

3/10/1978

Burlington

VT

Richard

W.

O'Dell

2/8/1982

Bennington

VT

Ronald

L.

Orr

7/10/1963

West Dover

VT

Alexandra

P.

Paige

2/22/1978

Jericho

VT

Joshua

 

Paquette

5/23/1991

Milton

VT

Natasha

R.

Paquin

3/2/1991

Alburgh

VT

Sarah

B.

Parker-Moulton

4/18/1990

Gloucester

VA

Jody

K.

Parks

12/28/1961

Northfield

VT

Caleb

A.

Perrault

9/11/1982

Brattleboro

VT

Nicholas

R.

Pinsonneault

1/10/1981

Arlington

VT

Donald

J.

Pitaniello, Jr

2/12/1956

Rutland

VT

Matthew

F.

Plunkett

11/13/1973

Bennington

VT

John

B.

Porter

7/12/1960

Belmont

VT

Matthew

A.

Prive

10/17/1989

Barre

VT

Jason

M.

Puglisi

7/8/1977

Lake Elmore

VT

Casey

M.

Renner

6/18/1982

Clarendon

VT

Jeremy

 

Revell

2/15/1976

Lincoln

VT

Steven

J.

Reynolds

1/16/1982

Cambridge

VT

Melissa

J.

Reynolds

2/11/1987

N. Hartland

VT

Steven

M.

Robinson

1/13/1977

Brattleboro

VT

Calem

L.

Romasco

3/13/1970

Brooklyn

NY

Anthony

L.

Rossier Jr

5/31/1975

Stillwater

OK

Carlo

M.

Rovetto

10/28/1972

Plainfield

VT

Michael

 

Royce

7/31/1961

Brookline

VT

Nathan

S.

Rupard

2/15/1977

Brattleboro

VT

Adam

 

Sainz

4/14/1988

Morrisville

VT

Jake

E.

Sallerson

12/12/1988

Waitsfield

VT

Chelsea

M.

Salvaty

9/21/1987

Rutland

VT

Jason

E.

Sanville

2/28/1976

Island Pond

VT

Samuel

S.

Shapiro-McEnany

4/25/1990

Burlington

VT

Thomas

G.

Shaw

3/11/1985

St. Albans

VT

Willy

D.

Sheets

8/21/1990

Swanton

VT

William

C.

Shrack

10/28/1958

Saint Albans

VT

Eric

S.

Smith

1/31/1982

Lowell

VT

Sarah

E.

Soskin

3/30/1980

Barton

VT

Rene

W.

St. Francis

4/1/1985

Swanton

VT

Douglas

J.

Stokowski

3/8/1978

East Calais

VT

Andrew

W.

Stringer

5/7/1986

Rochester

VT

Phillip

P.

Tanner

3/30/1991

Lyndonville

VT

Robert

D.

Tanner II

9/8/1984

Rutland

VT

Michael

A.

Tencellent

12/21/1976

Concord

MA

Ryan

J.

Thibault

6/13/1979

Stowe

VT

Patrick

R.

Thompson

11/11/1981

Bennington

VT

Jessica

E.

Thompson

7/11/1992

reading

VT

Michelle

L.

Thompson

11/29/1988

Eden

VT

Richard

C.

Ticino

11/11/1975

Bellows falls

VT

John

M.

Tobin

3/3/1971

Marlboro

VT

Angela

M.

Toby

5/16/1982

Barre

VT

Matthew

J.

Troiano

6/8/1982

Westbrook

VT

Isaac

T.

Trombley

12/21/1988

South Burlington

VT

Casey

W.

Vogan

5/4/1981

Palm coast

FL

Keith

J.

Weitzmann

4/25/1960

Wardsboro

VT

Michael

T.

Williams

6/17/1986

Brattleboro

VT

Matthew

R.

Wiskoski

5/25/1983

Fair Haven

VT

Randy

 

Witkowski

8/29/1972

Thetford Center

VT

Tyler

J.

Woodell

9/21/1985

Burlington

VT

Cody

B.

Wright

7/17/1989

East Hardwick

VT

Source: Governor Shumlin. 1.3.2017