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Re: “Public Safety Commissioner Fears Legal Pot Will Increase Traffic Deaths

Once again we are facing a commission populated by those who are dead set against legalization. If we continue down this path we will fail to protect the civil rights of many Vermonters. We will end up with corporate containment and control of this plant and Vermonters will continue to be subject to arrest for growing and use of this plant. The "public" hearing was a smoke screen.

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Posted by Francis Janik on 11/16/2017 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Researcher and Activist Bob Melamede Considers Marijuana a Miracle Drug

Thanks for the article Ken Picard. Keep up the good work Dr. Bob!

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Posted by Francis Janik on 11/08/2017 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Vermont Legislature Votes to Legalize Marijuana, Sends Bill to Governor

I would like to thank the many Vermonters who voiced their opinions to the legislators. Vermont Home Grown and Heady Vermont were two groups that should get credit for helping to get this bill passed.

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Posted by Francis Janik on 05/10/2017 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Vermont House to Vote Next Week on Marijuana Legalization

I respect Ann Pugh for her fair stance on not blocking the bill. I thank Oliver Olsen for his support. This bill when passed will effectively give low income Vermonters and those who do not qualify or cannot afford to buy for medicinal use fair access to cannabis. This bill when passed will also lower the effect that the black market imports have on personal use consumers. This puts money currently being spent spent in the black market, back into the pockets of Vermonters to be spent in the current economy. I hope the Senate acts quickly to pass H.170 this year. This is a good first step to normalizing the use of this non toxic plant. Let's move forward and overcome the lies told to us by our government for over 75 years.

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Posted by Francis Janik on 04/29/2017 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Legal Pot Bill Clears Key Committee in Vermont House

My thanks to all who spoke up to support H.170 as written. We hope that the Senate will not change the bill before it is passed..
The untold story is about those who changed votes by speaking truth to our legislators. We thank the Judiciary for listening to Vermonter's who support this bill. Governor Scott, Please do not insist on a per-se limit. Cannabis is not like alcohol and prescription drugs. A per-se limit is not supported by science.

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Posted by Francis Janik on 03/23/2017 at 4:09 PM

Re: “New Vermont House Bill Would Legalize, Tax Marijuana Sales

Hello Representative Young,

Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Francis Janik from Jamaica Vermont

I am a member of the community group Vermont Home Grown. We have worked with legislators to legalize Cannabis for several years.

I have just seen an article stating that you have proposed legalizing the retail sale of Cannabis here in Vermont.
While we support this, we are concerened that the legislators will limit the opportunities for all Vermonts small growers to participate in this new market.

If we do legalize retail sales we must allow all who want a license to have a license. If the legislation limits the number of licenses to a few such as the current 3 companies who hold the 4 medical licenses then we will once again fail to bring the local growers out of the woods.

I ask you to remember that this is not new money in our economy. Many small growers use the income from their crop of cannabis to pay the bills. We must include these Vermonters who have grown and will continue to grow if they are not included. Legislation that supports a monopoly is simply bad legislation. Please listen to the community group Vermont Home Grown. We speak truth to power.


Francis Janik
Registered Voter, Registered Patient, Advocate

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Posted by Francis Janik on 02/22/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “The Parmelee Post: Dealers' Jobs Not Threatened by Pot Bill, Says Kingpin

Wow, The Jahfather is employing more Vermonters than all 3 companies that hold the 4 licenses for medical sales. I expect he pays his workers better and does not require them to sign away there rights to work with others. His cannabis looks to be a higher quality than the factory weed grown and sold as medical grade cannabis. Oh Yes, he sells his cannabis for half the price of the State sponsored dealers. LOL Thanks for making this important issue fun to talk about. PS the legislators may produce another bill to address Retail personal use and retail sales.

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Posted by Francis Janik on 02/12/2017 at 12:04 PM

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