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Re: “Hot Ticket: A Potentially Lively Race for Lieutenant Governor

This is an opinion piece.

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Posted by Scott Pavek on 07/12/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Vermont Marijuana Legalization Stalls in the House, Fails Again

It seems to me that Phil had no genuine interest in getting this passed. Maybe he didn't expect to see a compromise bill. He certainly didn't act as if he did.

I imagine Phil will use this episode as evidence that he's open to legalization. Maybe he's hoping voters will direct their ire at someone else - now he'll point to the procedural vote when upset Vermonters ask what happened to legalization.

Phil said he'd ask members of the House to push this through, should a compromise be reached. He didn't. If Phil wanted to sign a legalization bill this year, he could have.

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Posted by Scott Pavek on 06/22/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Rope-a-Dope: Scott Elusive on Future of Pot Bill

Biker - what message are we currently sending to youth about marijuana?

How would that message change, post-legalization?

What do you think our 'message' is to youth about using alcohol? About heroin?

Looking forward to your responses to these four questions.

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Posted by Scott Pavek on 05/31/2017 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Rope-a-Dope: Scott Elusive on Future of Pot Bill

So... He didn't read any of the proposals last session? Didn't keep up this session, either? Did he not read the RAND report we commissioned a few years ago?

He claims to have a limited understanding of how the bill advanced this session, or what it contained. He doesn't have a good grasp on the number of people ticketed for marijuana possession.

So when he says he wants to "wait and see" what other states are doing, how can we trust him to LOOK? He hasn't brought any ideas to the table - I'm not sure if he has sought them out.

It is wholly disingenuous for Scott to claim he is interested in roadway safety. Or the opioid crisis. Or youth drug use. If he cared enough about these things, he'd put in the time to do some background reading. If he had any intention of moving legalization forward, perhaps he would've read the bills being considered throughout the session.

What has Phil accomplished in 2017? He introduced grand proposals so late in the session as to render them infeasible, rejected legislation he hadn't previously considered by invoking calls for greater safety (which reveals his ignorance of relevant data from other states), and ignored the Vermonters flooding his office with calls and letters.

It isn't as if Phil is the pace car slowing down all the legislature from raising taxes a thousand percent - he's simply rejecting ideas while offering none of his own (aside from Jason Gibbs' teacher/healthcare proposal). He isn't the moderating force Vermonters hoped him to be - he's simply an impediment.

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Posted by Scott Pavek on 05/31/2017 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Bill Hits Vermont Governor's Desk

Or, Flutie - you could let responsible marijuana users grow their own...

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Posted by Scott Pavek on 05/18/2017 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Bill Hits Vermont Governor's Desk

Let's reduce the number of youth using drugs, improve roadway safety and address the devastating effects of widespread opioid abuse.

Sign S.22.

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Posted by Scott Pavek on 05/18/2017 at 2:31 PM

Re: “A Divided South Burlington Tries to Unite With Two Separate Events

Iserved20, who is 'Hosiah'?

Should we assume you're a student, if you're calling for the resignation of a student representative to the school board?

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Posted by Scott Pavek on 04/28/2017 at 10:25 AM

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