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Re: “Smoked: Why the Pot Legalization Bill Failed

"Clearly, the House reflects the state more closely."

It sounds like Kevin Ellis has never looked at a public opinion poll on the subject of marijuana legalization.

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Posted by Matt Simon on 05/11/2016 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Vermont House to Vote on Marijuana Legalization After All

To those who are posting about decriminalization: Vermont decriminalized possession of up to one ounce of marijuana in 2013. Since then it has been a civil violation and a fine. The House amendment being referred to would eliminate these penalties, not just decriminalize. Under that version, a regulated market would have to wait at least another year before receiving the legislature's approval, but the state would stop punishing adults who possess small amounts and that would be very significant.

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Posted by Matt Simon on 05/01/2016 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Lawmakers Weigh a 25 Percent Marijuana Tax

Keith, unfortunately your comments just don't add up. MPP was not involved at all in Washington state's initiative. MPP was, however, the main organization behind both Colorado and Alaska's reforms (which you seem to think were great). It's also unfortunate that you think I am personally to blame for the failures in New Hampshire — a more obvious person to blame would be former Gov. John Lynch, who vetoed good medical marijuana bills in 2009 and 2012, or current Gov. Maggie Hassan, who threatened to veto the bill in 2013 if it wasn't essentially rewritten to appease a few police chiefs.

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Posted by Matt Simon on 02/12/2016 at 10:40 AM

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