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Comment Archives: stories: News + Opinion: Cannabis Catch-Up

Re: “Good Times Gallery Owner Agrees to Plea Deal

Spilman should consider himself fortunate that his crimes were in Vermont . I'm betting his prison sentence of UP TO three years would be more like 30 years in some states . Three years seems about right .

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Rich ard on 08/27/2019 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Good Times Gallery Owner Agrees to Plea Deal

Now does his nephew and family members face contempt of court charges? I would think so for lying under oath..

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Gigrape52@gmail.com on 08/27/2019 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Good Times Gallery Owner Agrees to Plea Deal

Selling pot retail is illegal. Selling drugs to minors is illegal. Intimidating witnesses is illegal. Threatening people with guns is illegal. Not paying tax on income (when others have to) is illegal. Play stupid games and win stupid prizes.
Great work to the hard working law enforcement officers!

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Posted by James Berry on 08/27/2019 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Good Times Gallery Owner Agrees to Plea Deal

"As part of his plea agreement, Spilman would also forfeit $50,000 in proceeds " And there it is... Policing for profits in Vermont. Wonder who's going to be walking off with that money? Stolen from a man duped into pleading guilty to a non-crime where there was no damaged party & nobody claiming injury by his actions. Just Malum Prohibitum statutory Bull$hit.

14 likes, 33 dislikes
Posted by FreedomToThink on 08/27/2019 at 1:36 AM

Re: “The Cannabis Catch-Up: You've Been Warned

Decades ago the City Paper in Washington DC did a story about a neighborhood that was once the deadliest open air crack markets but was now somehow a lot less deadlier over a two year period. Their only beef was the abundance of pot now sold by the kids. Seems these kids got tired of watching the wretched lives of crack addictions and violent turf wars and decided pot was better. Duh! Like this journalist never made the connection between the new abundance of pot and the lower murder rates... I stopped reading that paper that day.

Now we have a journalist that rather joke about public safety messages maybe getting through as maybe the possible cause of less deaths on our highways here in Vermont. Dude... maybe it's folks smoking more pot than drinking alcohol... making wiser choices... understanding when one is too high to drive... unlike one does when drunk.

https://norml.org/library/item/marijuana-a…

**OFF TOPIC** Taxing pot is insulting to us folks that lived through decades of draconian laws... many of us arrested, criminalized, demonized... lives destroyed. The laws were not changed because the State became enlightened... they were changed because people smoked pot anyways... and organized around medical marijuana (AIDS) & Hemp. We fought the good fight... won... now you want to control and tax. BESIDES, in Vermont, economic growth will explode just by allowing growing, smoking, sharing, and yes selling... just like I might sell you chickens or maple syrup off my property. If I make money I pay income taxes. Secondary businesses will flourish... tourism, hemp products, bong factories, and the like encouraged by a Vermont style homegrown solution to the economy, environment, and social justice.

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Galen P Dively III on 08/24/2019 at 8:29 PM

Re: “The Cannabis Catch-Up: You've Been Warned

When I was young and dumb I drove high once and that was enough for me!! I was so paranoid about driving home from Essex to Burlington...

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Gigrape52@gmail.com on 08/24/2019 at 1:10 PM

Re: “The Cannabis Catch-Up: You've Been Warned

I had been thinking about driving while high, but that long, poorly-worded warning message really changed my mind.

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Posted by The Oracle on 08/24/2019 at 8:49 AM

Re: “The Cannabis Catch-Up: Troubling Signs for Legal Markets?

It is unsurprising that state black markets become more robust when - on account of federal prohibition - the very engine that drives our legal markets (financial services, banks, etc.) can't or won't deal with the cannabis industry. As mentioned, "expertly cultivated" plants produce a lot of pot - and that pot is worth a LOT of money, because people like to get high.

So, you end up with high demand and high supply, but no legal means to connect the two. What the hell did anyone expect?

Booze (which, yes, is objectively worse for both individuals and societies as a staple inebriant) is also worth a lot of money, because people like to get drunk (legal alcoholic bev. market in the US valued at $200+ billion, not to mention all the economic activity that booze facilitates). But there's no notable black market, outside of interstate tax dodging schemes. Why? Because everybody involved in booze, from producer to consumer, can use the damn bank.

Posted by Fnordie Walnuts on 08/20/2019 at 6:43 PM

Re: “The Cannabis Catch-Up: Troubling Signs for Legal Markets?

Marijuana consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and even glorified as an All-American pastime, alcohol.

Plain and simple!

Legalize Nationwide!

Fear of Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is unfounded. Not based on any science or fact whatsoever. So please prohibitionists, we beg you to give your scare tactics, "Conspiracy Theories" and "Doomsday Scenarios" over the inevitable Legalization of Marijuana Nationwide a rest. Nobody is buying them anymore these days. Okay?

Furthermore, if all prohibitionists get when they look into that nice, big and shiny crystal ball of theirs, while wondering about the future of marijuana legalization, is horror, doom, and despair, well then I suggest they return that thing as quickly as possible and reclaim the money they shelled out for it, since it's obviously defective.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Brian Kelly on 08/18/2019 at 1:54 AM

Re: “Media Note: Heady Vermont Rolls Out a Print Publication, Biz Mag Moves Online

Thanks for pointing out the error, VT_Bob. I've corrected the post and noted the change.

Posted by Derek Brouwer on 08/12/2019 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Media Note: Heady Vermont Rolls Out a Print Publication, Biz Mag Moves Online

Pretty sure AroMed is in Montpelier, not Barre.

Posted by VT_Bob on 08/12/2019 at 9:37 AM

Re: “The Cannabis Catch-Up: Massachusetts Moves Toward Allowing Weed Delivery, Cafés

While we are more into Thunder Road in Vermont

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Posted by Ted Sargent on 06/29/2019 at 12:44 PM

Re: “The Cannabis Catch-Up: Colorado's Weed Tax Revenue Surpasses $1 Billion

Vermont once progressive,now a redneck state run by a nascar driver. I thought i'd seen statewide polls
showing overwhelming support in VT for legalizing MJ but i guess in this age of failed politicians,anything goes but the will of the people. This is supposedly all about " spit ", a totally made up excuse.

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Posted by Ted Sargent on 06/18/2019 at 12:44 PM

Re: “The Cannabis Catch-Up: Colorado's Weed Tax Revenue Surpasses $1 Billion

Yep... And it's all about the revenue, isn't it. Not about people's personal liberties to do what the hell they want to without government interference. Not about using the medicine of their choice to actually heal their bodies. Just about the government's ability to harvest us all for cash, like so many cattle in a pen. I know that's the reason I bought my children into the world, to serve as cattle for the government. This is what journalism has descended too.

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Posted by FreedomToThink on 06/15/2019 at 1:33 PM

Re: “The Cannabis Catch-Up: Colorado's Weed Tax Revenue Surpasses $1 Billion

Lawmakers are to stupid to wake up!!!

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Posted by Gigrape52@gmail.com on 06/15/2019 at 12:35 PM

Re: “The Cannabis Catch-Up: Colorado's Weed Tax Revenue Surpasses $1 Billion

Vermont should follow in Colorado's footsteps but lawmakers are to stupid and afraid!

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Posted by Gigrape52@gmail.com on 06/15/2019 at 12:30 PM

Re: “The Cannabis Catch-Up: Colorado's Weed Tax Revenue Surpasses $1 Billion

Wake up Vermont!!

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Posted by Johnnyappleseed37 on 06/14/2019 at 3:44 PM

Re: “The Cannabis Catch-Up: Is Your CBD the Real Deal?

By the way, can we find out which products were tested? Specifically, which Vermont ones? I would think everyone reading this article would want to know. And the reputable businesses that advertise in Seven Days would want us to know, too.

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Posted by The Oracle on 05/27/2019 at 9:56 AM

Re: “The Cannabis Catch-Up: Is Your CBD the Real Deal?

Somebody needs some CBD...

Posted by The Oracle on 05/26/2019 at 6:04 PM

Re: “The Cannabis Catch-Up: Is Your CBD the Real Deal?

This is an example of why we need third party testing with the Cannabis Tax and Regulate bill. The governor and the House need to focus on that instead of obsessing about roadside saliva tests that are not capable of showing impairment.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by geeebs on 05/26/2019 at 2:24 PM

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