David Z 
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Re: “Pipe Dream? Bill Envisions Vermont Pot Lounges, Stores

Since the question was asked, no, neither Rep. Pearson nor I were part of the trip to California. In this bill personal production is allowed, so those that don't want to buy it can grow it (like beer). For those that don't want to grow it, it is regulated (like alcohol). There is an allowance for more stores to open if the board see that the demand/supply curve has the price too high. With a goal of underpricing the underground market as part of the board mission. Sure it is a roll out. Not a free wheeling bill. Yes the majority of the state supports legalization...but I don't think the majority of the state sypport s legalization with no oversight. The goal of putting the bill out there is to get various feedback (like what we are reading here as well as constituent calls, letters to editor etc.) and adjust the bill to reflect what we learn (collectively). It is not a perfect process. As for Colorado, it has gone well in the big picture, but there have also been some scares (thankfully and predictable not life threatening). So we can learn from those (such as regulating edibles so that they are less enticing for small children and so that servings are clear). Looking forward to the debate and progress.

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Posted by David Z on 02/18/2015 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Last Rights: A Putney Woman Becomes the Third Vermonter to End Her Life Using New Law

These comments show how thoughtful people can be in discussing one of, if not the, most profound scenarios we will all face. Our own inevitable death. I have shared with friends, and family that I hope that when my time comes it is relatively quick. But I also know that in all likelihood, with the benefits of our very good medical system, that my life may well be extended (fortunately) far beyond where it otherwise might have in centuries past.

I hope I get to live a long and happy life. But I also know that the roulette wheel may not be kind to me. Someday, I may have a long slow decline. At some point in that decline, it may well be clear that my death is imminent and that it may lead to many difficult days (for me and my loved ones around me). I hope that we maintain this law so that if I am at a place where I am terminally ill and choose to die on my own terms, that I will have that opportunity. It may be after I use palliative care, or ask to stop treatments, or even receive both palliative care and hospice care. All of these are good services and I hope we sanely make them more available to everyone. But in the end, it should be my choice. And, I believe the underlying cause of death is clearly the underlying illness. Otherwise, whoever takes these drugs would never do so.

Thank you Terri for writing this article and more importantly, thank you to the family for sharing what is a most personal experience.

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Posted by David Z on 01/31/2015 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Milne Calls on Legislature to Name Him Governor

I appreciate the sentiments of Scott Milne, however, I will not be voting for him when I am asked to cast my vote in the race for Governor. If there were a large turnout that reflected a groundswell of support for change, that might signal a push for change. If there was a huge majority of combined votes between two candidates that clearly "split" the ideology of the voters then I would consider the second place finisher. For instance, if a 38% or 42% candidate was the plurality winner, but clearly the strong majority (58%-62% in this example) were supporting a similar agenda split between two candidates, then it would appear that a wave for change occurred and was split.

But neither of those scenario's are in place in this election.

In fact, most reasonable observers (Vermonters) have expressed to me that many refrained from voting because they had personality issues with the Governor. But in hindsight, they would have voted for him if they thought it was going to be this close, as they supported his general positions on issues, more than they did his opponents.

I respect my colleagues who will be voting otherwise, but I think it is a stretch to say that this election was a clear signal for change. When such a clear signal is given, it would be through a high turnout election, not a record low turnout in a generation.

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Posted by David Z on 12/08/2014 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Adam's Berry Farm Takes Root in Charlotte

Congrats to Adam- We know firsthand how monumental a move of a farm can be. Great job and looking forward to coming out there to pick some organic berries!

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Posted by David Z on 07/30/2014 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Brock Allies Urge Vermont GOP to Rally Around Potential Candidacy

Interesting how out of touch some people are. Lindley points out GMO labeling as an issue that is a liberal priority, but polls and voters and calls and letters to the editor all indicated that GMO labeling was supported across the political spectrum.

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Posted by David Z on 05/29/2014 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Shocker: Vermonters Favor Marijuana Legalization

I would only add that many legislators also support a more sane policy. I have supported legalizing, taxing and regulating it for years. Finally I think we are moving in that direction. If we bring it above board and out of the "black (sic)" market, then we can help those few that have real troubles with over use, and we can use the tremendous revenue for helping our state with a variety of issues. Some can be used for prevention of use of more serious drugs and some can be used for economic development, or other good needs. Rather than spending state resources against this recreational use, we should be turning the issue around and managing it responsibly.

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Posted by David Z on 05/23/2014 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council Unanimously Backs Burlington Telecom Settlement

I am sure I will bring on some arrows, but I sincerely hope that the City finds a way to retain ownership of BT. With a historical reference to Burlington Electric, I think it is important to remember that at one time that utility was an economic dog for the city (when it first was started). However, with hindsight, I would doubt there are many who would want to sell it off. We have some of the lowest residential bills anywhere around (because of smart investment in efficiency as well as good power planning and purchasing) and the utility actually generates revenue for the City.

In the same way, BT will one day do the same. Already BT has enabled Burlington to attract hundreds (if not more than a thousand) of jobs to the City in the IT field. Our system is regularly rated as one of the best and fastest in the country. Could/should the economics have been handled better, sure. But lets not let the past take away from what we can and should have in the future. Over time, the money will come back to the city in many ways, and in some ways some of it already has. It is an easy political football to make hay from. But I would hope our leaders would think strategically in the long term rather than continuing to look for short term political victories.

I applaud Mayor Weinberger for successfully helping guide us through the legal process to get to this point. But I do think it is a different vision to look to sell it rather than keep it as a public asset.

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Posted by David Z on 02/20/2014 at 11:32 AM

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