An old bank on Putney Road in Brattleboro is now the first drive-through location in New England for CBD products.
Just paying the state’s estimated $20 million operational costs of “tax and regulate” legal marijuana would require sales and excise taxes of 27 percent, almost three times the 10 percent tax rate in Maine.
Research shows heavy use of marijuana by adolescents is responsible for 8-15 percent of adult schizophrenia, according to a report in Oregon’s Mail-Tribune newspaper.
The Vermont Medical Society has voted against commercial marijuana, saying it will increase human suffering and state budgetary pressures and do little to hinder the black market.
Do policymakers in Vermont and other states really want to know what happens when marijuana is sold legally and commercially? The U.S. Attorney for Colorado wants them to know.
Thirty-one candidates and several political organizations received political contributions from the Marijuana Policy Project, a pro-legalization organization based in Washington, D.C., during the 2016 general election.
There will be no marijuana financial windfall for Vermont’s General Fund, youth consumption is up, and police still have no effective roadside test for impairment.
It’s not surprising that legalization supporters don’t want to see more research. Most of it points to the dangers of increasing public access to marijuana.
The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Marijuana may recommend zero legal tolerance for smoking marijuana and driving. It also fears the black market will continue even if cultivation and sale legalized. And it recognizes legalization could impact “juuling” of nicotine and marijuana.
High potency marijuana is the real killer and the gun is an innocent accomplice. Until we get it, more gun laws will be passed and the violence, and even the mass killings, will also increase.
Increasingly, those dedicated to the legal cultivation and sale of marijuana are willing to ignore its negative impact on youth, climate, minorities and homelessness.