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

"'If we're going to legalize marijuana, I think we should also tax and regulate it,' said Young, who is vice chair of the Committee on Ways & Means."

Thank you for this! I hope it goes through, with thoughtful consideration to several concerns:

That the House Judiciary committee has, "scaled back its proposal to legalize no more than one ounce of marijuana, rather than two as originally proposed, is problematic in that the original proposal came from the amount of dried herb from the allowed number of plants. Scaling it back is arbitrary and foolish given the realities.

"Scott knows there is no test to accurately measure cannabis impairment that's why he uses it as a way to say no. Meanwhile, drivers "under the influence" of cannabis continue to drive Vermont roads like they always have with no real issues." (from the comment above) Whether Scott does or doesn't know, it is true that there is no drug measurement test--at least according to AAA Insurance studies. Various strains of marijuana affect people's levels of concentration in various ways that cannot be mechanically measured. Trying to "Police" and criminalize "driving under the influence" when it is technically unmeasurable will take Vermont down a dangerous and very costly path.

From observing last year's testimony from "public safety officials," an attitude focused on impairment criminalizes further Vermont's roadways. Education is far more effective than criminalizing. Perhaps something similar to the "hands off cell phone" "distracted driving" ticket can save Vermont lots of money and serve the communities better.

As we have very recently and tragically seen, we have many potential distractions while driving (eating, children, conversations, anxiety, medication, schedules.... ) and we ALL need to be paying full attention when behind the wheel. We do not need further criminalization of anything.

PS: Beware the new edict from on high: Will State officials protect Vermont residents following Vermont's new laws when the Feds come to prosecute?

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 02/25/2017 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Montpeculiar: From Governor’s Plan to Losing Candidate’s Plan

Unnecessarily nasty headline (and comment above)!

And, related with the other (TH) article about counting votes--Electronic voting machines have enormous vulnerabilities. This is a non-partisan issue.

Vermont needs to hand count paper ballots.

Why do I write that here? Because, even though no one else is saying so, the conditions as reported in our Governor's race, where pre-election polling is as widely disparate as the reported outcome--according to election integrity expert Jonathan Simon--may be an indicator that the Governor's race should be audited: meaning hand count all paper ballots. Would it change the outcome? Probably not. That's not the point.

Vermont's election laws are out of date.

And regardless of who wins or loses any election, we can be kind, and thoughtful, and appreciative and fair--before, during and after.... or maybe some Vermonters think the tone of the rest of the country is something to emulate. I certainly don't.

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 02/02/2017 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Minter v. Scott: The Race is On

Missing for me are the numbers: How many participated in the primaries, broken out by party--how many Dems, how many Republicans, how many others"?

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 08/11/2016 at 7:36 AM

Re: “In Non-Concession Speech, Sanders Vows to Keep Fighting

Good Summary, Paul Heinz... way better than the unbelievably untrue twisted framework offered at Vermont Edition today. (Maybe I'm still angry because of how they censor callers that might correct some of the misinformation they broadcast....)

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 06/17/2016 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Vermont Democrats Rally Around Sanders at State Convention

"Still, the event featured none of the tension that plagued last week’s Democratic convention in Nevada. There, Sanders supporters accused the party of rigging the rules in favor of Clinton. That event devolved into near chaos that has party leaders nervous still."

As well it should. That event is only one where the corruption of our democracy has been documented--so media spun it into something it was not: The Democratic establishment of Nevada overruling the will of those present, excluding Sanders' delegates, and creating a sham of democracy.

Regardless of the so-called "wisdom" of preventing the Drumpf candidate from taking the Presidency, the majority of Democratic voters in the U.S. plus Independents (that are a majority in their own right) want to see Sanders elected President and have clearly stated that they will not vote for HRC.

I hear MSM spinning number of Democratic primary voters down (when, in actuality, they are high), and numerous other "spins" while blacking out entirely the FACT that tens of thousands of people come out to packed crowds at every Sanders event, including California, where Democrats are again being disenfranchised--also unreported in MSM. ... A majority understands that electronic voting machines can "flip" (steal) votes, and will no longer comply with corporate theft of U.S. elections.

We can wake up and demand integrity in our election process, or we can follow the path of "the good Germans" with similar results.

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 05/24/2016 at 7:52 AM

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

Last I saw, the "legalization" bill put a lot of new money into on the road enforcement of "drugged driving" (meaning many new hires of state and local police) and "public safety resource officers" in the schools, and a new lab for drug testing drivers--requiring a driver "detention" process said to take up to three or four hours.

I'm sorry, but I think this is a very destructive way to go for Vermont and I can't support it. Decriminalizing two plants per household is a tiny incremental step perhaps, but I think it is better than any alternative being presented at the legislature thus far.

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 05/01/2016 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Analysis: At Bitter Brooklyn Debate, Sanders Misses Knockout Punch

Sorry, Stacy, to offend.... I'm not the journalist or professor ... I like "Michael" better than "Kevin" ... and had to run to my "real work" ... mistakes do happen. In any case, do you know how to edit once something is posted? I didn't.

That aside (and I found a more serious editorial error--a contraction from editing down to 300 words or less--that I missed in my haste), the content of what I wrote stands. Kevin J. Kelley had at least one, likely two, editors to catch his grammatical and other errors. (I wonder if Seven Days even pays him?!) Thanks for catching mine. Now I'll remember the guy's name. (He's probably a nice fellow... we all need to learn and grow, don't you think?)

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 04/15/2016 at 5:30 PM

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