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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.

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!

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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!

3 likes, 1 dislike
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...

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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.

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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?

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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

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

"The 58-year-old governor, who said hes never consumed marijuana himself, ..."
This not only is an example of ignorance determining policy, but also shows the incredible lack of curiosity and experience of our political leaders. You have to be without any will for personal discovery to have never experimented with pot, or just untruthful, whichever it is, it isn't good.

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Posted by timothy price on 05/25/2017 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

The recommendations show how clueless Scott is when it comes to Marijuana use. Don't smoke pot in a car with kids? I mean, duh, that's great advice and all but does it really need to be a law? Has anyone ever heard of that happening amongst the current 100,000 Vermont marijuana users? Common sense legislation should be aimed at actual problems, not irrational beliefs.

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Posted by Carol Denison on 05/25/2017 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

I like some of what he's doing. I didn't vote for him and this will keep me for ever voting for him. Btw I don't use. But unlike a lot of people on here, I know how well prohibition works. And unlike Phil I'm not so easily drawn in by a bunch of BS "stats and facts". I guess If I did use I'd just go out of state to buy like I do for everything else.

10 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Mick on 05/25/2017 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Middlebury College Disciplines 67 Students for Murray Protests

"Non-academic racist speakers"

First, Mr. Murray has a Ph.D. What's your degree?

Second, I'll wager you haven't read any of his books.

Third, if you think Murray was intentionally trying to provoke protest, the best thing to have done is to foil his grand plan by not attending his lecture or attending and sitting quietly. If there's a grand scheme, these idiot protesters took the bait hook, line, and sinker.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 05/25/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

Thank you Governor Scott for keeping your word.

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Posted by Larry Johnson on 05/25/2017 at 6:11 AM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

It's frustrating that our legislators have yet to introduce comprehensive marijuana legislation, especially given that they have their pick of other states to study and model it off of. Tourism is a significant contributor to Vermont's economy, and people will flock to VT, as they did to Colorado, when we legalize marijuana. Legalization will also create jobs for Vermonters. I don't understand this concern for high drivers: stoners drive slowly and much less dangerously than drunks or even tired people. Lastly, people tend to do a lot of drugs in Northern, rural areas where there may be little to do, especially in the Winter. I'd rather see someone smoke a bowl and watch movies on their couch than go get drunk or decide to try heroin. I hypothesize that making marijuana legal and available will, to an extent, supplant the use of heroin and alcohol.

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Posted by Ryan L'Heureux on 05/25/2017 at 4:13 AM

Re: “Middlebury College Disciplines 67 Students for Murray Protests

"A total of eight masked people among more than 20 people in the crowd used "tactics that indicated training in obstruction and intimidation," police said."

That's what should have been investigated; and the funder behind the Charles Murray lecture; and the well-funded National organization supporting these types of non-academic racist speakers with the specific intention of creating disturbances at academic institutions.

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 05/24/2017 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

Playing the child card as a reason makes you a wimp Mr. Phil. Tell us the REAL reason for your Veto? No law stops someone from driving around in a car with a child, drunk, on drugs or otherwise. Making it illegal for that reason doesn't stop someone from driving while impaired. Ask the thousands of people driving to work on prescription drugs.

I don't understand the logic of going about this for so long after states like Colorado have solid stats that stand up to the typical arguments. Must we always think that every state is a foreign land where things like this have not happened before or that somehow "our state" can do it better.
What a waste of time and money.

I sense a new governor on the horizon.

Guess my taxes aren't going down anytime soon.

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Posted by vtdom on 05/24/2017 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

Amazing how these people all come out of the woodwork to whine and shout at Gov Scott veto on their pot smoking, but you never see their voice about anything on important issues in here..but unlike David Zuckerman, I'm not a pot smoker..he must be biting nails in half because of the veto..lol

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 05/24/2017 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Middlebury College Disciplines 67 Students for Murray Protests

Only 67 students are you kidding there was more then 67 causing a violent riot...but no arrest..what about that man from Burlington(?) who admitted he went down there to cause a fuss..he was what 38 yrs old not even a student he had no right to be there he should had been charged for starting a riot.. So what are these snowflakes going to get..slap on the hand, given time out, give up their safe space place, given a hug and be told "we are so sorry your feeling were hurt"?? Is this what Middlebury College is teaching..violence, stopping speakers from speaking, cause a riot, endanger people lives no worry nothing will be done to you.. Parents should had been called and told to come pick up your entitled brats as they are kicked out of this college!!!!
KV are you for real?? In this day and age we must always take clear and direct steps to eradicate racism. .. So you justified the violence? It's the College fault?? You do know they really hurt a Professor and used a dangerous weapon!! But guess you think that's ok..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 05/24/2017 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

It's not about revenue it's just common sense legislation. It's letting people have the freedom to smoke if they want without fear of imprisonment. Just because you turn 18 you don't race to the store to get cigarettes. Some people do some don't. Stop making it an issue. We need to grow up as a nation and stop making things like weed so taboo . Get over it. There will not be an influx of people. Massachusetts is legal and Trudeau is going to decriminalize marijuana in Canada. We need to stop my making it and issue...good by mister Scott....no reelection for you

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Posted by airportguy on 05/24/2017 at 8:05 PM

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