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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Morning Toke: Rolling Stone Calls Shumlin Top Pot Politician

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Gov. Peter Shumlin will tell you he's working hard to get tough things done. That he's fighting to create jobs and grow Vermont's economy. That he's tackling tough issues, like climate change and the rising cost of health care.

Now Rolling Stone is crediting Shummy with working hard to get another tough thing done: score you some ganja.

Celebrating (kind of) this month's 75th anniversary of marijuana's prohibition, the lefty music mag has named "The 10 Best Politicians on Pot Reform." And it says Shummy's one of the dankest governors around:

To assist the patients who were now legally allowed to use medical marijuana but forced to grow their own or buy on the black market, Shumlin signed a bill last summer authorizing up to four medical marijuana dispensaries in Vermont. And late last year, Shumlin joined two other governors – Washington's Christine Gregoire (a Democrat) and Rhode Island's Lincoln Chafee (an Independent) – in petitioning the Drug Enforcement Agency to reclassify marijuana, moving it out of the highly restrictive, non-medical Schedule I category to at least Schedule II, which would recognize marijuana's medical benefits.

Rolling Stone did note that the green mountain gov is a bit of a buzzkill on synthetic marijuana, quoting him as saying, "We're not talking about a plant that is grown, like marijuana. This junk will kill you."

So who else is hot-boxing Statehouses and congressional offices around the country? RS gives "high" honors to fellow Democratic governor Dannel Malloy of Connecticut, along with U.S. Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Ron Paul (R-Texas), Sam Farr (D-California), Dana Rohrbacher (D-California), Barbara Lee (D-California), Jared Polis (D-Colorado), Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) and John Conyers (D-Michigan).

As we've noted before, Shummy's love of the green has helped his campaign bring in another kind of green. As of last month's campaign finance filings, the governor had raised at least $13,000 from pro-pot interest groups and companies.

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Paul Heintz

Paul Heintz

Paul Heintz is a staff writer and political editor for Seven Days. He wrote the "Fair Game" political column from May 2012 through December 2016.

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