In the first episode of this engaging new video series by True North Reports, host Charlie Papillo visits Rozzi’s Lakeshore Tavern in Colchester to shoot pool and discuss marijuana legalization with Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman and former Vermont Superior Court Judge Ben Joseph.
Five Central Vermont teens killed in a fiery two-vehicle crash on Interstate 89 in Williston 2 years ago died from blunt force trauma, the state’s deputy chief medical examiner told a Vermont Superior Court jury Wednesday.
With only weeks left in the legislative session, S.54, the marijuana bill, is becoming a “Christmas tree” of additions and changes.
The House Government Operations Committee Thursday night amended and approved S.54. The new version increases six-fold the permitted amount of THC in marijuana products, and does not allow towns to prohibit marijuana cultivation and production.
As the the Vermont Legislature wrestles with the highway safety implications of marijuana “tax and regulate” legalization, a new study reports that in tax-and-regulate Washington state, one in seven drivers with kids in their cars test positive for marijuana.
The latest version of the marijuana bill may encourage current illegal growers to seek licenses; put towns in ‘opt-out’ status, not ‘opt-in’; allow sale of high-concentration edibles; and permit roadside blood drawing.
The professional press corps hasn’t informed Vermonters about the realities of the Colorado experiment with tax and regulate marijuana. However, they were able to report that a physician and former governor is happy to lend his name to the marijuana industry.
“Commercialization really changed the life and the atmosphere in the state, very quickly,” Troyer said. “We now have more stores selling marijuana than we have Starbucks and McDonalds combined.”
“Legal” stores sell pot for morning sickness, store-bought pot is recalled for pesticides and mold, and highway deaths, electricity use, youth consumption and black market are all up.
These news stories all say the same thing: tax-and-regulate legal marijuana won’t reduce the black market. And, we already know it won’t raise revenue for anything more than its own regulatory maintenance.
A marijuana “prevention tax” could mean lagging sales, insufficient revenue.