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Re: “Media Note: WCAX Lays Off Six Employees

Very sorry to hear about this! It's going to be hard to be "first" with late-breaking news if you have to worry about cameras as well! I remember when Catherine Hughes single-handedly represented WCAX's Rutland Bureau (I used to be a reporter for the Rutland Herald in a previous life) and being awed not only by her journalistic abilities but also by the fact that she set up her own camera and filmed all her own footage.

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Posted by Margo Howland on 04/28/2018 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Media Note: Pennsylvania Chain to Buy Rutland Herald, Times Argus

If the new owners don't reinvest in the newsroom, the papers will shrivel up and disappear.

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Posted by Margo Howland on 03/23/2018 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Lincolns, a Secretive Speakeasy, Opens in Burlington

What makes a bar a speakeasy?

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Posted by Margo Howland on 01/24/2018 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Will Sign Cannabis Bill in Private

So he doesn't sign it in public! BIG, FAT, HAIRY DEAL! Not! At least he's going to sign it. I think he is being respectful of those who are worried by this legislation. As I recall, the governor who was in office when the Civil Unions bill was passed (following a Vermont Supreme Court decision that said it violated the Vermont Constitution to deny same-sex partners the rights and benefits awarded husbands and wives, and directed the legislature to pass suitable legislation addressing this issue) allowed the bill to become law without his signature. That's because he couldn't veto it, I guess. At least Gov. Scott is SIGNING it. Chill out, folks!

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Posted by Margo Howland on 01/19/2018 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Pot Commission Wants Education Programs, More Study of Road Safety

To have a way of measuring how recent the pot smoking might have been, they could try some experiments at the labs involving lighting a joint with a legal amount of marijuana in it, letting it smolder for measurable periods of time in an enclosed space like a car, and then removing it. Then they could check the empty car in 15 minutes, half an hour, an hour, 4 hours, and the next day to see if they could still smell it. They could chart the results, and have some idea of how recent pot might have been smoked. They could even take air samples. and be able to tell the difference between pot smoked in the car (illegal) and pot smoke on the clothes of somebody who had smoked pot at home before getting into the car (not illegal) ... I'm sure at some point they can come up with something that will pass muster.

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Posted by Margo Howland on 01/18/2018 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Pot Commission Wants Education Programs, More Study of Road Safety

News of the Druid app is very interesting. I heard a saliva test is also being developed. As for dogs trained to sniff out marijuana (and other drugs) -- why retire the dog? If there is probable cause to stop a driver (weaving all over the road, etc.,)when do you bring in a drug dog? The new law forbids smoking pot (or allowing a passenger to do so) while driving -- much like Vermont's open container law. If the officer can smell freshly-smoked pot, and the dog alerts to pot in the car, seems to me the driver should at least get a ticket for "driving while smoking pot" or allowing someone else in the car to do so. Or they could issue a written warning, and collect data on how many drivers who were stopped for something had the odor of marijuana in their vehicles.


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Posted by Margo Howland on 01/18/2018 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Vermont Senate Sends Marijuana Legalization Bill to Governor

Please post a link to the text of the bill as passed by the House and Senate. Thanks!

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Posted by Margo Howland on 01/11/2018 at 8:20 AM

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