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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: “Caution Urged as Vermont House Panel Weighs Pot Legalization

Tiki Archambeau, Not one of the points that you have made is valid. Please educate your self. H.170 when passed will begin the end of the 75 + years of lies propagated by our government. Home Grow will put a dent in the sales of imported cannabis. Home Grow will help the thousands of Vermonter's who are not included in Vermont's restrictive medical program. H.170 will help low income Vermonter's who need medical cannabis.
This is about civil rights to use a non toxic plant. I am only sorry that H.490 was hung on the wall in the House. These bills are well written and address the needs of the small growers who have been here for decades.

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Posted by Fran Janik on 04/07/2017 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Gubernatorial Candidates Spar Over Taxes, Guns at Final Debate

Sue Minter has changed her position on the legalization of cannabis, (Marijuana), after the primaries. She says she will support legalization and then limits her support by requiring very restrictive requirements including a per se limit that is not supported by science. This puts the cart before the horse. Minter took an anti gun stance and has now softened her position. She proposed extending the sales and use tax to force service businesses to charge it. Then she backed down on that. She is in my opinion grasping at straws. I want to see the legalization of cannabis and I think that Phil Scott will let a bill pass without signing it. I do not want to see the sales and use tax applied to services or to out of state customers. (This would put me out of business). I agree with Lt. Gov. Scott that we do NOT need more gun laws. We DO need better mental health care for those in crisis. The man who killed five young Vermonters on RTE 89 needed help and did not get it. The bottom line for this independent voter is trust. I do not trust Sue Minter.

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Posted by Fran Janik on 11/04/2016 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Vermont Lawmaker Looks to Expand Medical Marijuana Access

Drug companies advertise direct to consumer. Many older individuals will tell me that they did not know we have a medical Cannabis program. Vermont Patient Alliance has an e-mail that they send out. It lists current pricing of all the offerings. CVD does not. Here is a sample.
This Weeks Selection
DRIED FLOWER SELECTION* Afghani Skunk Sativa 9 - 13% THC0 - 2.5% CBD $21
Snowdawg Hybrid 8 - 12% THC0.5 - 1% CBD $21
Chemdawg X TNT Indica 10 - 14% THC 0.50-2.5%CBD $21
Deep Cheese Hybrid11 -15% THC 0.5 - 1.5%CBD $22.75
White Widow x Blueberry Indica 10 - 14% THC0 - 2% CBD $22.75
White Fire Hybrid 11 - 15% THC0.5 - 2.5% CBD $22.75
Sour Diesel Sativa 12 - 16% THC 0 - 1% CBD $22.75 AK - 47 Sativa 11 - 15% THC0 - 1% CBD
Dark Star Indica 3 - 17% THC0.5 - 3% CBD $26.25 Peach Haze Hybrid 13 - 17% THC 0.5 - 1% CBD $26.25
Jack Skellington Sativa 13 - 17% THC 0.5 - 1% CBD $28
Mubuco x TNT High CBD Hybrid 12 - 16% CBD 4 - 8% THC $28
*Pricing reflects 1/16 oz. quantity.
We will now be using ranges to reflect the potency, the ranges are +/- 2.5% of the measurement. This accounts for the variability in the batches, instrument and sampling strategy used, the ranges displayed are a more accurate representation. Ranges will be continually updated with each batch testing.

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Posted by Fran Janik on 09/14/2016 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Vermont Lawmaker Looks to Expand Medical Marijuana Access

I am encouraged to hear that Senator Sears is working to address this crisis in care for patients in Vermont. I would like to contribute to the discussion.
Eli Harrington is correct. The cost for cannabis flower and the RSO oils used for cancer patients at the dispensaries in Burlington, Brattleboro, and Montpelier have been expensive. To be fair, The dispensary in Brandon has kept the cost down. (We should note that CVD has a for profit company called Ceres PM. I believe that Vermont Patient Alliance has set up a similar company to supply it as well.) That being said,the license fees that are being charged to the dispensaries are excessive and they cannot advertise. The medical program needs to be opened up to all use as determined by the patient and the medical professional. Insurance should pay for this therapy. There are medical patients who are organic growers and should be allowed to obtain licenses. This is a system that is working in Maine. There they have over 3000 caregivers helping patients with clean medicine. I am a medical patient. I grow clean medicine for my self. I test it. I would be happy to answer any questions that the legislators have. The need for more diverse sources of medical cannabis is great and individuals are suffering needlessly now.

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Posted by Fran Janik on 09/14/2016 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Officials Warn About Potentially Deadly Heroin Strain in Vermont

Christopher Maloney is correct. The word strain is being used incorrectly in this article. The author might have used brand or batch to better describe the Heroin.
force (a part of one's body or oneself) to make a strenuous or unusually great effort.
"I stopped and listened, straining my ears for any sound"
pour (a mainly liquid substance) through a porous or perforated device or material in order to separate out any solid matter.
"strain the custard into a bowl"
a force tending to pull or stretch something to an extreme or damaging degree.
"the usual type of chair puts an enormous strain on the spine"
synonyms: tension, tightness, tautness
"the rope snapped under the strain"
a severe or excessive demand on the strength, resources, or abilities of someone or something.
"the accusations put a strain on relations between the two countries"
synonyms: pressure, demands, burdens; stress; informalhassle
"the strain of her job"

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Posted by Fran Janik on 08/16/2016 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Gubernatorial Candidates Spent $5.3 Million in Vermont Primary

Paul, Can you tell us how much of the money spent on these campaigns went to Vermont based companies? Which candidates supported local business and which did not?

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Posted by Fran Janik on 08/16/2016 at 12:04 PM

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