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NH jail official backs legalizing marijuana

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - 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, is speaking Tuesday at a town hall meeting at the Vermont Statehouse. In a recent interview, he told Vermont Public Radio that under the current system, drug money goes to bad guys and the money funds terrorism. But he says if marijuana was legal, and was taxed and regulated like alcohol, illegal drug dealers would be put out of business.

Van Winkler says about 15 percent of the inmates at his facility are non-violent drug offenders.

In July, Vermont decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

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