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Re: “Since Pot's Legalization, Vermonters Have Been Fined for Public Use

""Can you think of any other patient taking any other medication that would be subject to this type of potential criminal liability, civil liability liability, period just for trying to take his medication?" Fair said."

Sure I can. Ask anyone who takes opioids.

I went to North Beach for July 4th, and the smell of weed was everywhere. You can get cited for smoking cigarettes at a Burlington park, so why not weed?

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Posted by Liz Leyden on 06/07/2019 at 8:13 PM

Re: “'I Cried as I Read This': An Obit for an Addicted Vermonter Goes Viral

"If Maddie was a black guy from the Bronx found dead in his bathroom of an overdose, it wouldn't matter if the guy's obituary writer had won the Booker Prize, there wouldn't be a weepy article in People about it," del Pozo wrote. "

When heroin addicts were brown city-dwellers, addiction was a law enforcement problem, solved by long periods of incarceration. Now that the addicts are white people outside the city, it's a disease, which deserves compassion. Funny how that happens.

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Posted by Liz Leyden on 12/17/2018 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Adoptees and Parents Reflect on Transracial Adoption in Vermont

Andrea Yates's kids weren't transracial adoptees. How exactly did transracial adoption factor into the Hart murders?

Posted by Liz Leyden on 12/17/2018 at 1:28 AM

Re: “Do No Harm: New Rules Discourage Overprescribing Opiates

"In 2015, enough painkillers were handed out in Vermont to give every man, woman and child a bottle of 100 pills," former governor Peter Shumlin said in his signing statement."

How many were given to post-surgical patients? How many were for hospice patients?

The vast majority of opiate users are not addicts. Opiates are becoming as stigmatized as psych meds.

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Posted by Liz Leyden on 04/27/2017 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Vermont Inmate No. 144711 Is a 90-Year-Old Veteran

"What kind of eldercare facility allows one of their residents to be taken out in handcuffs just for getting agitated?"

One that wants to keep staff. Assaulting healthcare workers is a crime in several states, including Vermont. Being a 90-year-old veteran does not make anyone a saint.

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Posted by Liz Leyden on 03/25/2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “DIY: Backyard Stone Fire Pit

One more tip- check local laws. Burlington does not allow fire pits.

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Posted by Liz Leyden on 10/09/2016 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Parking Problems Hamper Burlington Food Trucks

Ice cream trucks were around long before food trucks became trendy. Do similar regulations exist for them?

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Posted by Liz Leyden on 07/15/2016 at 2:32 AM

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