STATE OF THE STATE ~ Week in Vermontijuana ~ October 7, 2015

This is a preview, posted publicly as an example for all the new newsletter subscribers...final version to be updated and shared on Wednesday, October 7, 2015.

The Week in Vermontijuana is a review of the hot topics, events, and public opinion...


GREEN MOUNTAIN GLOBAL FORUM HOSTS PUBLIC CANNABIS FORUM IN MAD RIVER VALLEY [original content]

[MRV TV LINK TO FULL PRESENTATION, WHEN AVAILABLE]

On Friday, October 2, 2015, I visited The Big Picture Theater in Waitsfield to attend the Vermont Cannabis Collaborative's latest public cannabis forum, hosted at the Green Mountain Global Forum....full recap available on 10/6/15.


BRITAIN MAY MONITOR CITIZENS' ELECTRICITY USAGE TO PREVENT ILLEGAL GROWS

It's different standards in every country...updated Oct. 6, 2015


BRATTLEBORO REFORMER ENDORSES ENDING CANNABIS PROHIBITION

While it's no surprise that the public voice of Windham County (who some compare favorably to Humboldt County RE: cannabis growing expertise/enthusiasm) is supportive of ending prohibition, but it's still a major step for a the paper of record to say these things "unequivocally", so cheers.  There is a TON of information and research coming out related to cannabis and cancer

But the saddest part of all, people we love and cherish are dying of cancers that could be treated with marijuana but their access is restricted due to antiquated and draconian laws that treat marijuana the same as LSD, heroin and other devastating drugs.
Perhaps those who say we should take the slow approach to legalizing marijuana should look a cancer patient in the eye and say: "Too bad, but there are just too many unknowns." In other words, they are telling these people to shut up and die or become criminals. Where is the compassion?

UPDATED CASTLETON POLL SHOWS -6% DECREASE IN OPPOSITION TO CANNABIS [via Mountain Times, Oct. 2, 2015]

Figure. 1. Vermonters’ views on the most important issue facing their state. The economy makes up fully one third of responses.

Figure. 1. Vermonters’ views on the most important issue facing their state. The economy makes up fully one third of responses.

Marijuana legalization
Support for legalizing and regulating marijuana in Vermont for recreational use has remained steady since the last time Castleton put the question to the general public. In February 2015, a Castleton Poll found a slim majority (54 percent) favored and 40 percent opposed legalizing marijuana; in the poll that concluded on Sept. 14, pollsters found 56 percent now favor legalization and 34 percent oppose. The percent without an opinion on the matter rose slightly from 6 percent to 10 percent, but this difference is not significant. Overall, support remains level even as talk about taking the issue up in the next legislation session increases.
Castleton will release more data on support of and opposition to marijuana legalization in a later and more extensive report.

MORE PROHIBITION, EH?  CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER: "MARIJUANA INFINITELY WORSE THAN TOBACCO".  LEADER OF LIBERAL PARTY & QUEBEC LEGACY POL JUSTIN TRUDEAU RESPONDS

Wow...that first article says it all and includes pretty infographics that drive home the point, I'd still encourage you to actually watch Stephen Harper say it with a straight face.  I won't pretend to understand the intricacies of Canadian national politics, but I'll say that I much more prefer the stance of Justin Trudeau, who is in favor of legalization, and responded to Harper's denial of reality during a recent French-language debate:

The debate also touched on the subject of legalization of marijuana, something Trudeau has proposed. Harper challenged the Liberal leader on his position.
"If we sell marijuana in stores like alcohol and tobacco that will protect our kids? No one believes that," Harper said.
"The reality is that we have kids who find it easier to buy marijuana than cigarettes and beer," Trudeau responded. "If a young person buys marijuana, it's because he had contact directly with a criminal. We will continue to control marijuana like cigarettes and alcohol not to sell them in corner stores. It will be harder for them to get access."