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Re: “Two Notorious Crashes Fuel Marijuana Legalization Debate

I find it strange we are not imposing tougher fines and penalties for drinking and driving. The way I see it - we are spending a lot of our government money researching marijuana for it's intoxicating effects, but we are not addressing the elephant in the room. It's strange how even mentioning stricter alcohol regulations stirs the pot with my conservative brothers and turns them into passionate defenders of the substance - yet we talk about a substance that allows me to walk with out a cane - and suddenly I am an Obama worshiping liberal heathen... How have we managed to get this far with folks so jaded?

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Posted by Mike Ferlandium-FourtySeven on 12/10/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “A Gunshot Survivor Aims to Secure Background Checks in Vermont

I was in a snowmobile crash and haven't had 100% use of my elbow since the crash all those years ago. I lived in Massachusetts at the time.
By Lasher- Sommers "logic", should I be crusading for the confiscation, limitations on, licensing, training, purchase limits, limits on use on all other snowmobile owners? GSVT focuses their illogical pursuit of gun owners here in Vermont based on exactly the scenario I present. Both scenarios have no place here.

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Posted by Brian Charles Sullivan on 12/08/2017 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Two Notorious Crashes Fuel Marijuana Legalization Debate

On average 43 Americans are killed every single day buy alcohol intoxicated drivers! That is over 16,000 Americans killed every year by boozed-up drivers.
On average 13 Americans are killed every day by pharmaceutical drug intoxicated drivers! That is over 5,000 Americans killed every year by drivers intoxicated on legal pharmaceutical drugs. Incidence of traffic fatalities caused solely by cannabis intoxication or so rare that not a single police agency in the United States even keeps a statistic. A thorough search of news articles over the past 5 years shows that 4 traffic fatalities have been published showing cannabis as the sole cause for a traffic fatality. It is absolutely clear that cannabis is far safer than alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or pharmaceutical drugs which together are directly responsible for over 650,000 American deaths each year. Based on this data legalization should go forward immediately with the hope that folks currently using pills, booze and tobacco would shift to cannabis as a safer alternative.

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Posted by FreedomFighter on 12/08/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “A Gunshot Survivor Aims to Secure Background Checks in Vermont

I wonder if she knew that the sandy hook murder weapon was bought legally and stolen by her son. What rules would they have changed that would have stopped this mentally ill person who shot his own mom dead.

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Posted by ron gaudreault on 12/08/2017 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Two Notorious Crashes Fuel Marijuana Legalization Debate

The argument that alcohol did not cause a crash but bad driving is over. The science is there that shows marijuana impaired driving ability, therefore the same must apply. Zero tolerance and no defense - for driving high.

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Posted by Pamela Mccoll on 12/08/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Two Notorious Crashes Fuel Marijuana Legalization Debate

When I saw that they went right to the MJ for blame and hardly mentioned the opiod, it was rather obvious that it was being used as propaganda and shouldn't be given much credibiity. Unfortunately the bias of the media toward publishing the anti's arguments seems to outweigh the rational arguments for legalizing. "Reefer Madness" has certainly left a multi-decade mark on American society.

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Posted by Paul McMahon on 12/07/2017 at 7:40 PM

Re: “A Gunshot Survivor Aims to Secure Background Checks in Vermont

seven days keeps beating this drum,.. half truths and outright lies,.89% of vt.ers support ubcs? well then,. you'd think lawmakers would be in fear of losing reelection,.they don't,. because that's 89% of vpr listeners,.. hardly a true sample of real vermont,.. stick to reviewing yuppie beer and overpriced food fads,..seven days is a pathetic excuse for journalism,..totally out of touch outside the burlington liberal enclave,..

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Posted by Hank Poulin on 12/07/2017 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Two Notorious Crashes Fuel Marijuana Legalization Debate

Lt. Governor Zuckerman is correct when he says," The commission, he added, is "ridiculously stacked" against what he termed "cannabis reform." Additionally, I agree with the other points that Lt. Governor Zuckerman has made in this article.
Rep. Ben Joseph (D-North Hero) is simply wrong. His misuse of the toxicology report of wrong-way driver Steven Bourgoin proves that he is not looking at the cause of this tragic event. Rep. Joseph's contention is simply not good science. Steven Bourgoin had many issues and there were warnings ignored by the mental health system. A medical cannabis user could have 10 Ng per ML in their blood stream and not be disoriented or impaired. I would ask where he was injected with the opioid fentanyl and an antianxiety prescription drug. My understanding is that these drugs are for surgery. The prosecutor in Bourgoin's case has stated publicly on WCAX,that his cannabis use is not a factor in her case against him. We must not use bad science to penalize cannabis users. Fear tactics like those being used now, are not valid.

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Posted by Francis Janik on 12/07/2017 at 11:16 AM

Re: “A Gunshot Survivor Aims to Secure Background Checks in Vermont

You think is was a gun problem when it was a family problem. where was her mother? Did she do anything to stop the abuse? apparently not. The father could have used a knife or any household implement to harm her.

Yet she intends to force restrictions on all those that lawfully exercise their right. she has zero clue. Stay in VT.

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Posted by Richard Scalzo on 12/07/2017 at 9:45 AM

Re: “A Gunshot Survivor Aims to Secure Background Checks in Vermont

The problem with Clai Lasher-Sommers is that she doesn't understand that guns aren't the danger. The danger is violently abusive people like her stepfather. She flat out admits he routinely beat and threatened them. This is a man who would have brained her with a piece of firewood, or stabbed her in the back with a steak knife even if there wasn't a gun in the universe. ADD to the fact that they only convicted him of aggravated assault, instead of attempted murder, and you can see that our legal system itself totally failed her.

The guns are NOT the problem!!!

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Posted by Mike Houst on 12/07/2017 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Two Notorious Crashes Fuel Marijuana Legalization Debate

Smokimg weed and driving might not endanger our public...but smoking hash oils wax dab shatter and other amplified cannibals extracts are a completely different animal. That diffetence between effects a pint of beer and a pint of moonshine is similarly noticeable. Edibles too present a clear and present danger. This ain't yer grandpappys Columbian Gold getting vaped.

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Posted by Kraig Richard on 12/07/2017 at 8:40 AM

Re: “A Gunshot Survivor Aims to Secure Background Checks in Vermont

She FAILED in NH just like she should FAIL in Vermont. This woman is seeking to create MORE victims with her ridiculous law. She should be rightfully shut down.

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Posted by Kimberly Morin on 12/07/2017 at 8:00 AM

Re: “A Gunshot Survivor Aims to Secure Background Checks in Vermont

More out of state interests trying to change Vermont. Stay in New Hampshire.

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Posted by Matt Marchessault on 12/07/2017 at 7:46 AM

Re: “A Gunshot Survivor Aims to Secure Background Checks in Vermont

Just another out of stater brought in by an out of state funded bunch of cronies. Stay out of Vermont of you don't like the way we do things! Firearms ownership and proliferation has kept us the safest State in America consistently. No matter what these liars say, the facts disagree with them!

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Posted by Michael Deering on 12/07/2017 at 4:57 AM

Re: “A Gunshot Survivor Aims to Secure Background Checks in Vermont

I think maybe it's time somebody file charges against Seven Days for their persistent and intentional lying & misrepresentation of the facts. This isn't journalism, it's one sided wanton ignorance.

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Posted by FreedomToThink on 12/07/2017 at 2:13 AM

Re: “Two Notorious Crashes Fuel Marijuana Legalization Debate

Dui risk is not justification to prohibition of marijuana, as prohibition does not address dui risk. If Dui is what you are worried about, then dui laws are what you seek because prohibition does not magically keep people from using. Unless of course your for reinstating Alcohol prohibition for its dui risk!

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Posted by Thor Von Wolfrun on 12/07/2017 at 12:08 AM

Re: “A Gunshot Survivor Aims to Secure Background Checks in Vermont

"Licensed firearms dealers are required to perform the checks in Vermont, but buyers can easily purchase guns online, at gun shows or from private individuals without submitting to any scrutiny."

What's infuriating about this line is that Seven Days already knows this is not true. There has been MANY articles on the subject where the publication has been corrected, and criticized, by this rhetoric. Demonstrates their bias on the subject.

And by the way...NOTHING about this is about "gun safety." Stop using that misleading term. "Gun owner control" is far more accurate.

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Posted by Will Waizenegger on 12/06/2017 at 7:55 PM

Re: “A Gunshot Survivor Aims to Secure Background Checks in Vermont

GUNS in the hands of average citizens,the thing that made America in the first place. Thank God for them and thank the constitution for allowing me to own a bunch of them. God bless America and our guns.

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Posted by citizen on 12/06/2017 at 7:31 PM

Re: “A Gunshot Survivor Aims to Secure Background Checks in Vermont

if the senate judiciary committee can't vote the bill out this year, don't worry, we can always find people to elect in your place who can manage to vote it out the following year.

Sen. Dick Sears Jr., Chair, (D), senator6@hotmail.com
Sen. Joe Benning, Vice Chair, (R), beaner77@myfairpoint.net
Sen. Jeanette K. White, (D), jwhite@leg.state.vt.us
Sen. Alice W. Nitka, Clerk, (D), anitka@leg.state.vt.us
Sen. Tim Ashe, (P/D), tashe@leg.state.vt.us

TELL YOUR SENATORS TO DO THEIR JOBS!

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Posted by dont shoot on 12/06/2017 at 6:18 PM

Re: “A Gunshot Survivor Aims to Secure Background Checks in Vermont

Ann, thank you for all your hard work! I am excited for your political run and I am sure many others are equally excited!

Welcome Clai, we are excited to have you!

6 likes, 24 dislikes
Posted by Georgia on 12/06/2017 at 6:10 PM

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