420 License Plate for Vermont’s Former Attorney General

An early and ardent supporter of marijuana decriminalization in the Green Mountain State, Vermont’s former Attorney General William Sorrell (D) received a sweet parting gift from the state’s ex-Gov. Howard Dean – a license plate blazing a fish and three simple numbers: 420.

Appointed by Governor Howard Dean as Vermont’s Attorney General (AG) in 1997, Sorrell was the longest-serving AG in the state’s 226-year history.

Concerned that a criminal conviction for Vermont’s constituents would restrict their employment opportunities and eligibility for certain government-funded programs, Sorrell initially rolled out his support for the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana by the end of 2012. Signed into law on July 1, 2013, House Bill 200 replaced Vermont’s criminal penalties for possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana with civil fines.

Governor Dean, appreciative of Sorrell’s efforts and tenacity as Vermont’s AG, left a simple but distinct parting…

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