Out of State Tourists Can Fund VT Cannabis Industry (Today)

[Eli Harrington - Thursday, February 18, 2016]

To harness the potential of cannabis in Vermont in a way that most fits our principles and truly represents the will of our people, we not only need more innovative input from creative citizen advocates, but the leadership and vision to consider bold ideas.  If that means kick-starting a theoretical cannabis consumer ID card to pay for implementation and reduce the financial burden on Vermonters, why not think outside the box?

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Vermontijuana x BarstoolWeed: Clambake the Stool

Congratulations everyone!  Cannabis (I'm going to call it WEED for this story, but cannabis is the right term for a bunch of reasons) is ready to be featured full-time at Barstool.  Great news for Stoolies and Stoners because you deserve the best weed blogging and I'm ready to clam bake the pirate ship.

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[UPDATE] VT Cannabis News & Opinion - Dec. 23, 2015

For reform advocates, it's more Krampus than St. Nick this holiday week as several anti-reform letters were published by VT outlets.  The notable exception was Vermont Home Grown appearing on the national Russ Belville Show...Kudos to Fran and thanks to 2VR for publishing the Vermontijuana commentary"Vermont, Cannabis, and "Exceptionalism".  READ THAT PIECE AND MORE...ELEVATE THE STATE!

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[LISTEN] Vermont Home Grown featured on National Cannabis Radio Show

Medical patient, advocate, and one of the leaders of the grassroots group, Vermont Home Grown, Fran Janik, appeared on the Russ Belville show, which is hosted on cannabisradio.com.  In addition to radio, the host, Russ Belville, has written about drug policy reform and cannabis-specific advocacy for HighTimes.com...listen and watch VT in the national cannabis news here!

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[WATCH] "High Profits" Series Hits Netflix...

If you haven't seen it yet, we HIGHLY recommend checking out the documentary series, "High Profits", which was produced by CNN and was just released on Netflix earlier this week.  This series shows what transitioning into a new cannabis legal framework looks like and has valuable lessons to teach Vermonters...

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[UPDATE] The State of the State - VT Cannabis News Updates - Dec. 17

[Dec. 16, 2015 - Eli Harrington]  The full text of Senator Jeanette White's proposed cannabis reform updates , Prohibitionist Parties in SB, Bernie Cann shirts, the MPP's proposal for Massachusetts legalization, and more...read more and ELEVATE THE STATE!

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[UPDATE] The State of the State - VT Cannabis News - Dec. 10

December 10, 2015 - With the much anticipated release of the Senate Gov't Ops committee's legislation, the discussion continues to heat up!  This week we've got: UVM Med School in the NYTimes, a threesome of BFP op-eds, highway safety concerns, and an incredibly relevant report from Colorado saying that cannabis laws were a factor in 85% of tourists to their state...there's also a link to our first publicly-available Elevate the State tee-shirt, handmade by yours truly in Burlington!

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[INFORM] VT Phytoscience Institute Testing Recommendations

In mid-November, the Vermont Phytoscience Institute was first featured publicly via an excellent piece by VPR's Peter Hirschfeld.  The company identified itself as a think-tank and publicized their recommendations to how the VT legislature about expanding legislation to allow for increased testing, research, and genetic profiling aspects of cannabis.  READ MORE...

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[UPDATE] The State of the State - Dec. 4, 2015

Start your weekend off with some GREAT NEWS: there are sane and practical Vermonters out there who can get above the past propaganda AND who bother to share those opinions publicly...this week we've got commentary pieces from Vermonters, a recap of the VT Legislative Briefing Session (tl;dr anyone spare $59M?), and national news regarding the dramatic drop in opiate OD's in states with robust medical programs.  Time to ELEVATE THE STATE!

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Melissa Etheridge Supports VT Legalization, Talks Normalization, Education, and her new Cannabis-Infused Wine

It seems like every day another celebrity is getting into the cannabiz (except Nick Lachey), but for those used to seeing Willie Nelson and Snoop, Melissa Etheridge might be a surprise ganjapreneur and certainly represents and reaches a different audience than Wiz Khalifa or Tommy Chong...READ MORE

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Bern Cruise: Bernie Harvests "A" Ratings From Marijuana Lobbies Following Kimmel Appearance

The next Democratic primary debate is coming up on [date] and with the recent election of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau (whose liberal platform included a promise of national legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada), the Bernie campaign didn't shy away from the question during a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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VT in Rolling Stone Magazine: The Five Next States to See Legal Marijuana

Believe it or not, at number three, Vermont isn't the first, or even second New England state on this list, topped by Maine (#2) and Massachusetts (#4).  The last time VT was featured prominently in Rolling Stone (unrelated to Bernie), it was a much bleaker story about the state's heroin addiction epidemic.  So while it's only a short listicle piece, it both underscores the immediacy of the regional debate, and acknowledges VT lawmakers historic opportunity to end prohibition via state law.  Here's the (very) brief mention of VT from the full article on RollingStone.com

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