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Re: “License to Ill: Is the Vermont DMV up to the Job?

As the (only) outlet who reported the CBD Oil bust story at the time, a few other details from that specific incident that 7D readers might appreciate as greater context:

- The event itself occurred on June 8, but wasn't included in any DMV press releases or publicized EXCEPT on the DMV's facebook page, a full 12 days later, on June 20.

- Why the delay until June 20 to reveal the news? It was the day before the special session was set to re-convene in Montpelier when legislators were considering the 'marijuana compromise' bill.

- This follows a pattern of Vermont's law enforcement community selectively enforcing cannabis laws in order to influence political discourse...remember the Winooski 'clandestine lab' that shut down the city and resulted in zero charges? Not a coincidence.

- This Vermont DMV incident is presently being considered as larger part of the national lawsuit the Hemp Industries of America is bringing against the DEA.

- The Vermont DMV defended themselves in the comment section of that article by invoking their ability to prosecute federal law (CDL driving licenses) on a federal highway (I89), while the Vermont DMV is a state agency who we don't fund to enforce federal laws (like immigration).

I wouldn't normally post an outside link in the 7D comment section, but since we were the only original news source who covered the initial incident, as well as the follow up with quotes from the Vermont ACLU and tracked down the actual product manufacturer, I'll hope that for the sake of accuracy, 7D moderators will leave this link: http://headyvermont.com/vermont-dmv-public…
- Eli Harrington, Editor & Co-Founder of Heady Vermont

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Posted by Eli on 07/26/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Green State Gardener Plants Stake in Cannabis Market

Walsh, thank you for taking a few minutes to speak with me via phone.

Dylan and/or Kelsey, feel free to call me back directly and I'll tell you the same thing that I told Walsh and share my frustration--I'm the one who looks like an asshole here. It sucks that you all thought I'd be this petty, inept, and negative and trash your business in this manner. I've never solicited you for advertising and only ever used my outlets to write positive things about GSG (a year before everyone else). Clearly, we've got to have an honest face to face because we've all got more important, progressive, constructive things to do.

Now we've got an opportunity to reset, so maybe this childish bullshit is a blessing in disguise. and if anything, now we can erase any doubt about where we all stand.

Unlike this troll, I've got better things to do than pick a fight, and if I wanted to trash someone, I'd use one of my own independent media outlets and my own name, not the comment section.

To the imposter: next time at least toss in a link to Heady Vermont so we can at least get some pageviews out here, it's not easy to "compete" with seven days! And also, go fuck yourself you coward.

Elias (Eli) Roberts Harrington

PS--To see how this saga unfolds, go 'like' Heady Vermont on facebook and subscribe to our email newsletter, 'The Sunday Stash' at www.headyvermont.com

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Posted by Eli on 12/10/2016 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Zuckerman Launches Lt. Gov. Bid, Focusing on Progressive Values

"Of any issue, he spent the most time discussing his desire to "end the failed Reagan-Nixon-and-whoever-else-you-want-to-name war on drugs" by legalizing marijuana. After arguing that "public policy is stronger when it reflects reality," he jokingly asked his audience to "raise your hand if—" before cutting himself off."

I dunno Paul, I was there actively listening for it and he mentioned reforming weed laws once, and it was almost begrudgingly and in passing. I think that by volume and time, he probably spent the most time talking about his partnership with his wife and that GMO-labeling was by far his biggest single issue presented at the event

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Posted by Eli on 12/13/2015 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Will Highway Safety Put the Brakes on Legalizing Pot in Vermont?

Here's the problem that enforcement still hasn't really addressed: Being able to immediately quantify the level of THC in one's bloodstream still does NOT provide information about impairment and someone's ability to safely operate a vehicle. Two people could have the same nanogram limit reading while one is fully functional and the other is too incapacitated to drive. This is why medical patients (who have high tolerance and are taking cannabis more frequently) object so strongly to using nanogram limits, however calculated.

It's understandable that law enforcement wants a reliable quantifiable figure, and it's realistic that they should have more capacity to enforce the expanding of cannabis laws...the bottom line is that the best way to keep our roads safe is for well-trained police to continue to be vigilant for signs of impaired (from whatever substance) drivers and have enough drug recognition training experts.

Legislators can designate potential cannabis-derived revenues to enforcement for more DRE training and some to public defenders--at this point in the discussion, it's not worth expending too much time and energy looking for a magical technology bullet.

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Posted by Eli on 12/09/2015 at 10:31 PM

Re: “McKibben Calls Shumlin's Divestment Dance 'Sad,' Slippery

Waste hardwood being recycled (and stocks being simultaneously replanted) is far from equal to burning coal and far from heating 1M+ square feet with dirty #6 heating fuel, which would be the alternative, so let's pump the breaks.

I've had many conversations with friends who work in 'socially-responsible investing' in Boston and heard a lot of talk about 'investor engagement' as the alternative to divestment. Investors who acknowledge that 'keeping a seat at the table' is the only way to influence fossil fuel polluters but who can't credibly threaten to pull investments. Weird that strategy isn't working, right? Divestment is literally putting your money where your mouth is, and there aren't too many evangelists really willing to do that.

The real substantive question is whether divestment is ethically responsible for a state managing thousands of employee pensions. While you'd like to see someone draw a line, I'd rather see it happen first with a private college with 9 figure endowment than with the social security funds for the men and women plowing the roads and keeping the administrative parts of our state government (websites not withstanding) running.

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Posted by Eli on 09/29/2014 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Longtime Weinberger Pal Accepts Mayor's Invitation to Give UVM's Commencement Speech

Why the snark? I love you 7D, and I appreciate the attitude is part of the beautifully-crafted brand, but pump the breaks.
Is it sarcasm-worthy nepotism that our Ivy League-educated mayor is friends with the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and that this connection gives UVM students an opportunity to hear from a speaker that otherwise probably wouldn't have even been on their radar?

Posted by Eli on 12/11/2013 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Four Intoxicated Women Land in ER While "Pregaming" for UVM Sorority Event

It's relevant here because they were transported from a sorority function (before it began), and even more relevant because it's important that the narrative about college drinking applies equally to both sexes so people don't assume (one way or another) about one sex being any more or less likely to partake

Posted by Eli on 12/09/2013 at 12:56 PM

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