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Re: “Work Begins on Crafting New Vermont Marijuana Bill


People enjoy smoking weed.
The government should let them.
And if some pig should say they can't.
The people should arrest him.

People should not smoke cocaine.
And they should not use needles.
They should not huff on gasoline.
Or listen to the Beatles.

John Lennon was a Communist.
George worshipped an Indian demon.
Ringo was no threat at all.
And the second Paul broke even.

People enjoy smoking weed.
The government should try some.
The next time I have a little loot.
I'm probably gonna buy some.


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Posted by Christopher Hayden on 05/28/2017 at 7:00 PM

Re: “Sinex to Proceed With BTC Mall Redevelopment After Stay Denied

One of the recent mis-statements by the Mayor and Sinex says the Planning Commission approved the Sinex project--it not only did not review the project but stated clearly in open session it was not judging one way or the other the zoning change, merely handing back to the Council the question. The important aspect here is that now many these issues will be argued as facts not as opinions. And all can eventually be appealed and decided by higher courts. Tony Redington Burlington

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Posted by Tony Redington on 05/28/2017 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Chief Praises Officer for Not Shooting at Suspect in a Car

Show of hands - who wants police restraint in the face of growing crime?


When our wonderful police are fighting crime and thugs, we the law-abiding taxpayers want no restraint.

Who is holding Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo to this new soft-on-crime standard?

The mayor?

Council president?

If either one or both of their families were being threatened, would they preach restraint? Of course they wouldn't. Not on your life. They'd want the cops to come fully ready to sacrifice their lives.

They preach restraint because they think their liberal political base likes it. Oh, the base loves it because talk is cheap and it's so sexy to sound progressively against what they like to call police excess - until, of course, some thug is assaulting or robbing them or their relatives.

The police chief knows this.

If some lunatic is out of control, we want our great cops to do whatever necessary to neutralize the threat, for our good, our children's good, for every law-abiding citizen's good.

The law-abiding, taxpaying public is 100 percent behind our police - if they are tough on crime.

We don't want restraint when we are confronted by dregs.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 05/28/2017 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Chief Praises Officer for Not Shooting at Suspect in a Car

It seems like Chief del Pozo has some serious guilty conscience issues left over from the gruesome, yet-unpunished murder of poor, 78 year old, demented Phil Grenon. A review of his Facebook posts and other public comments on the subject show a pattern of consciousness-of-guilt statements. The fact that this guy is still in charge of the state's largest city's police department after micromanaging the death of that mentally ill old man (he even posted a snuff film of it on Youtube) is just bizarre and pathetic. What an evil person. Power-addicted and blood thirsty. As the BPD didn't have enough scandals per fiscal quarter, they had to bring in this narcissistic, New York City maniac to stir the pot. This will not end well. More citizens are going to die in the hands of del Pozo and his lying, thieving, wife-beating, drunk driving, murdering 'law enforcement' team. Mark my words. Burlington deserves much better.

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Posted by Christopher Hayden on 05/28/2017 at 3:11 AM

Re: “DMV Suspends Facial-Recognition Program Pending Legal Review

Also makes it easier for voter fraud; which is probably the reason for the opposition to this intelligent policy.

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Posted by Thomas Sperry on 05/27/2017 at 9:52 AM

Re: “DMV Suspends Facial-Recognition Program Pending Legal Review

I am tired of this PC nonsense. It seems the State of Vermont once again, is putting the rights of illegal aliens ahead of legitimate/legal citizens. The state should be jumping through hoops to make the world a safer place. But instead, it puts up road blocks.

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Posted by saysme on 05/27/2017 at 6:32 AM

Re: “Work Begins on Crafting New Vermont Marijuana Bill

To try to pull the wool over our eyes like this should be inexcusable in a public servant. Stating surprise when his phones have been inundated for the past several weeks is ludicrous. I don't buy it for s second . This attempt to wash your hands of this in a way that you hope leaves you looking like the good guy while the legislature takes the blame for not working on S.22 is absolutely transparent to some of us.

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Posted by Jeff Marshall on 05/26/2017 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

I voted for Governor Scott, but I've lost a lot of respect for him after watching his handling of this bill. Why wait until hours before the bill would have been become law to weigh in with recommendations? That conversation could easily have happened a month or two ago. That's just plain mis-management.

The Governor's concern for safety is obviously important, but we've already been living with every one of those issues for some time and I haven't seen any initiative to address them before this bill came along. Is the Governor really saying that as long as people are driving while smoking pot illegally (as they do now) our kids and roads are safe, but once they can can do it legally we will suddenly be in danger? Based on the experiences of 8 other states, there is no data to support this.

Whether it's legal or not has little to do with whether we need to address safety concerns. But those two separate issues keep getting mixed up, as if they go together. They don't.

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Posted by Southwinds on 05/26/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

Most of you did not hear the Governor answer a question posed by Eli Harrington of Heady Vermont during his press conference. You can see the full video on Face Book. Both Heady Vermont and Vermont Home Grown have posted it. Eli asked the Governor about Vermont's most prized industry, tourism. Eli wanted to know what message that the Governor was sending to vacationers who come from out of state and happen to choose cannabis over alcohol to relax with. The Governor responded that Vermont wants family's to come to vacation here. Eli asked what about cannabis users. The governors response was to suggest that those people should find another state to spend their money in. There goes at least half of our tourism dollars. If I lived in Massachusetts and wanted to take my legal home grown cannabis with me on vacation, I would rather spend time in a State like Maine which respects the right of it's citizens to choose a non alcoholic, non narcotic, tobacco free plant to relax with.
Governor Scott, Just between you and me a lot of parents need to smoke a joint after a long day when the children have gone to sleep.
Governor Scott, Please meet with Dr. Joe McSherry. He gave testimony to the Human Services Committee on youth prevention that may change your mind. He told us that the issues with 14 to 18 year old youth stem form environmental factors. He said that the abuse of any substance by youth's is an attempt to medicate for anxiety caused by multiple factors unique to each situation. Unfortunately, State representative Francis "Topper" Fawn lied to the full house about his testimony.

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Posted by Fran Janik on 05/26/2017 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

Yeah wants to fix it!! Tell me the governor did not know the republicans caucus stand on this bill?? He makes an excuse for his veto by suggesting changes knowing that it ain't going to happen in the two day session. The study committee is a bunch of BS also. He has found a way to lay the blame for his inaction on others. If you research the enforcement issue you will find that the state police and local law enforcement have been dealing with drug impaired drivers for a number of years now. They have it figured out all ready. Just another head in the sand knee jerk reaction.

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Posted by Ronald on 05/26/2017 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

Anti-pot crusader Kevin Sabet has been bragging about all the money they spent in Vermont to get that veto. Wonder where it went?

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Posted by Andrew X Smith on 05/26/2017 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

@ Bob Frazier: You are asking if the members of the Vermont Legislature who have no experience with marijuana and voted to legalize it, is their decision based upon lack of curiosity and ignorance. Absolutely not.
In America we are free individuals, unfettered by government restrictions unless there is compelling evidence that something must be forbidden. The Legislature is recognizing that with marijuana, no such compelling reason exists, and therefore they are voting to remove this abuse of government power which was only enacted through deception and the wish to protect corporate monopolies.

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Posted by timothy price on 05/25/2017 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

Some of our politicians and lawmakers would rather destroy the lives of citizens and veterans than stand up to their masters at big booze, private prisons and pharmaceutical corporations and legalize cannabis.

All the information needed for a decision on cannabis legalization has already been collected and can be found at the Center for Disease Control.

Figures directly from the CDC on numbers of deaths per year in the US:

* Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5000 traffic fatalities
* Tobacco: 390,323
* Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities
* Cocaine: 4,906
* Heroin: 7,200
* Aspirin: 466
* Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179
* Marijuana: 0, none, not a single fatal toxic overdose in 5,000 years of continuous use and almost no traffic problems.

So, which is safer???? Legalize, regulate, TAX!

12 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by FreedomFighter on 05/25/2017 at 7:10 PM

Re: “Sinex to Proceed With BTC Mall Redevelopment After Stay Denied

Incredible that the judge's statement ""We are unable to say that the claims are, as a whole, either tenuous or frivolous," is considered by this shyster to be some sort of validation .It would be amusing if Franco and his rabble had to pay court costs and lawyer fees .

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Posted by Rich ard on 05/25/2017 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

The reaction of the stoners is quite comical!

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Posted by Thomas Sperry on 05/25/2017 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

Dumb dumb dumb Scott. Sure, commercial would create increases in bad outcomes. Not a 2oz personal grow. Please...

14 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Damian Deforge on 05/25/2017 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Names Two to Green Mountain Care Board

Well Larry Miller was a beer guy and Al Gobeille was a food guy. So it makes perfect sense that Governor Scott would think outside the box and appoint Mullin, a New York strip-mall movie-plex guy, to oversee health care reform in Vermont.

10 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 05/25/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Chief Praises Officer for Not Shooting at Suspect in a Car

"That officer's life was in less danger (the suspect does appear to swerve around him) than any civilian trying to cross the street"

"that danger was 50/50 between being hit by the suspect or being hit by the cop's bullet if he had fired."

"I don't think the police officer would have been justified firing off shots."

Hmm. You can offer all of these definitive opinions after looking at the video because . . .

. . . of your vast training and experience in police tactics, use of firearms, ballistics, forensic examinations, human psychology, and human factors?

10 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 05/25/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

@timothy price, I assume you do know that the majority of Legislators that voted in favor of the marijuana law have never endulged either, or are being untruthful. Does their lack of curiosity render their position uninformed and ignorant as well?

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Posted by Bob Frazier on 05/25/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

look, I don't use, but i believe _____, and as far as Mr. Scott goes, well, as a non-user, I think ______. Now regardless of whether or not I use--which I don't--I just think it's common sense that _____, at least from a non-user perspective. I just want to make sure that everyone on this comment section, users and non-users (of which I am one ... a non-user) knows that I believe ______. And that I don't use. Thanks for your honest input, Vermonters.

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Posted by guy who doesn't use on 05/25/2017 at 11:37 AM

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