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Friday, June 8, 2007

On Drugs: an optimistic voice

Posted By on Fri, Jun 8, 2007 at 1:59 PM

Walking down State Street in Montpeculiar yesterday around noon was I.

Bump into old-timer. Reminds me the Vermont ACLU is having a drug conference across the street at the Capitol Plaza.

Bingo!

Had seen a blurb on it. And the one and only "tell it like it is" Vermont prosecutor, Robert "Bobby" Sand, was one of the featured speakers. Been needing a decent picture of Bobby Sand for quite some time and I don't spend much time in White River Junction.

I was too late for the official remarks by Windsor County State's Attorney Sand, a courageous man, but caught him afterward for a little one-on-one:

SAND:
I don’t blame the young police for enforcing the law. It’s a bad law. They’re taught to do that. 51 percent of high-school seniors in Vermont have used marijuana, so we have created criminal behavior for a substantial population of high school kids.

The current War on Drugs is not working and we owe it to ourselves to look for an intelligent alternative and an intelligent option. That’s not going to happen unless policy-makers and others are willing to have the discussion.

FREYNE: Are you seeing any signs that door is opening?

SAND: I think it’s opening a little. There were a number of legislators who were present here today.

FREYNE: How many? A dozen?

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Peter Freyne

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Peter Freyne, 1949-2009, wrote the weekly political column "Inside Track," which originated in the Vanguard Press in the mid 1980s; he brought it to Seven Days in 1995. He retired it shortly before his death in January, 2009. We all miss him.

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