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Re: “Caution Urged as Vermont House Panel Weighs Pot Legalization

I commented once before on this. How can we be ok with a thriving craft beer and craft cider market here in VT, when alcohol does far more harm then marijuana? The last poster states, "let's not pretend this is a harmless quest on par with medication".....ummmm there are far more side effects to most pharmaceuticals on the market today then marijuana. In fact some of the more complicated patients I've worked with have polypharmacy. The truth is marijuana is here and your kids have accesss to it no matter what. The black market is thriving and there's no oversight into the quality and safety of what these growers are treating their plants with (pesticides and mold issues.) Once legalized, it will put an unregulated substance to regulated and there will be strict standards and it should take away the dealer's profit and possible ill harming growing practices. It will also make sure that people are over 21, and provide income to VT's tax delimma. Yes smoking anything is bad for you, but it gets to the point where people are going to decide if it's for them or not. Why not reap in the tax benefits instead of giving the black market all of the untaxed revenue while providing a safer, cleaner product?
I'll end with this....nurse here of 5+ years....never saw a patient with significant health problems from marijuana use. Alcohol and cigarettes on the other hand, almost everyday I'm on the floor.

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Posted by Brian M. Kaplan on 04/06/2017 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Scott Administration Opposes Vermont Marijuana Legalization Bill

As a professional healthcare worker I can honestly say that I've never seen someone come In with a cannabis-related illness or injury. Sure there are people that feel they are mentally addicted to the drug but there is absolutely no physical addiction and withdrawal. We prescribe hundreds of drugs that have far worse affects.

I'm on board with homegrown, it's the VT way but how does this help our economy? The underground pot growers will still grow and sell and provide no tax dollars to out our economy. The two plant and two ounce limit is a joke and highly unforceable. You can get a pound off one plant if it's big enough.

Looking toward Colorado their economy and people are thriving. Stop making excuses about catching stoned drivers and other issues you cannot control. Vermont is marketing their amazing craft beer and cider and we think cannabis is worse?! Please I see so many alcohol related medical issues. Let's get smart about this and provide relief for our tax base, provide thousands of new jobs, and strengthen our failing infrastructure.

42 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Brian M. Kaplan on 02/10/2017 at 3:30 PM

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