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Timothy Fair 
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Timothy Fair, Esq is the founder of Vermont's first Cannabis Law & Consulting firm, Vermont Cannabis Solutions. Mr. Fair has been a vocal advocate for both cannabis reform for most of his adult life. Since becoming an attorney in 2012, he has been fortunate enough to be part of the statewide movement to legalize cannabis in Vermont. Mr. Fair has been featured on a number of podcast and radio shows, including: The Ganjapreneur Podcast, VPR's "Afternoon Edition", "In The Weeds" radio show and Paris Marketing's "Creative Warrior" podcast. Mr. Fair has also been quoted in multiple national media sources including: The Washington Post, Marijuana Business Daily and High Times magazine. Mr. Fair has also been invited to speak on the topic of Cannabis law at multiple events across the state and was recently tapped to help design and teach Vermont’s first continuing legal education course on Cannabis Business Law in Vermont. When not lawyering, Mr. Fair is an avid swimmer and occasional skydiver.

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Re: “Walters: Donovan Sought Outside Review of AG’s Office

Mr. Walters, did you perceive this as a particularly slow news week? In an effort not to repeat the previous comments, which hit the mark well, I will simply ask whether you truly believe this piece to be legitimate commentary? I applaud Attorney General Donovan, both for his willingness to seek out constructive criticism which will benefit all Vermonters and for the obvious respect and loyalty he has for his team. That should have been the emphasis here.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Timothy Fair on 06/27/2017 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Facing Pressure From Matt Dunne, Sue Minter Returns Corporate Cash

Advocating for much needed ethical reform in State government and presenting concrete recommendations and goals, as opposed to shallow platitudes, makes Matt Dunne a "control freak"? I would disagree with that assessment.

26 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Timothy Fair on 05/13/2016 at 10:27 AM

Re: “House Considers Decriminalizing Small-Scale Pot Cultivation

After the overwhelming show of support for legalization at the recent public hearing....Well..let's just say Legislators who do not listen to their constituents do not remain in office very long. Representatives are elected to represent the will of the citizens who elect them, not to push their own, misguided, personal agendas. We will remember what happens in the House on Election Day.

17 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Timothy Fair on 04/07/2016 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Winooski Police: Downtown Bust Targeted a Hash Oil Extraction Lab

Charles, I am not attacking the police; I'm acknowledging a fact. When those in authority (law enforcement, government entities, your boss at work, etc.) exaggerate and distort the truth, they sacrifice credibility and respect. With the caveat that you cannot believe everything that your search engine spits out, here are a few facts: Methamphetamine is made up of volatile, toxic, poisonous and really dangerous chemicals such as anhydrous ammonia (poisonous to breathe, explosive, causes chemical burns), red phosphorous (extremely volatile), lithium (poisonous, volatile), hydriotic acid (corrosive to metals and tissue, extremely volatile when mixed with other reactive agents), and lye, just to name a few. Methamphetamine production requires fairly advanced chemistry knowledge; the chance of an explosion is exponentially increased without it. Even when done "properly", methamphetamine production creates toxic, poisonous waste that is often dumped into the nearest drain or trashcan. Furthermore, the chemicals and fumes created by methamphetamine production permeate the walls, carpets, plaster, and wood of meth labs, as well as the surrounding soil, and are known to cause cancer, permanent brain damage, and immune/respiratory system problems. Now, BHO or butane hash oil is made by running butane though cannabis packed into a glass tube. The butane absorbs the THC and then boils off via evaporation, leaving the THC in the form of an oil. The process involves no other chemicals and leaves no waste product, toxic or otherwise. Is butane flammable? Absolutely. Can using butane be dangerous? Of course. It is also sold over the counter and used frequently in day-to-day life. Many things are dangerous; but the simple fact is that the dangers posed by the use of butane to extract THC (which to an extent do exist, no denial there) and the dangers posed by methamphetamine production cannot and should not be compared.

1 like, 6 dislikes
Posted by Timothy Fair on 03/12/2016 at 3:13 AM

Re: “Winooski Police: Downtown Bust Targeted a Hash Oil Extraction Lab

"Equally as volatile as meth"...When will law enforcement learn that making such patently absurd and exaggerated statements costs them their credibility with the public..This inevitably leads to a lack of trust, a lack of support and a lack of respect. What's next.."We called in a haz-mat team, inconvenienced hundreds of residents and commuters because of an individual filling a Zippo lighter"

10 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by Timothy Fair on 03/09/2016 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Bennington Locks Up More People Than Any Other Vermont County

This blows my mind after working as a defense attorney in Chittenden county for three years. While I do not always agree with the decisions of our local State's Attorney's Office, I have nothing but respect for T.J. and his team. I am also the first to applaud the sincerity his office has shown in implementing and supporting progressive and effective methods of crime reduction. It seems to me like Mrs. Marthage wants to blame everyone and everything else: DOC, judges, lack of resources, the Defender General, etc. for her own antiquated ideas concerning criminal justice. The fact that you cannot "arrest away" criminal behavior seems to escape her. How are the recidivism numbers in Bennington County? How about any of the other metrics which would indicate a successful State's Attorney's office? Maybe it's time for the people of Bennington County to decide if antiquated and ineffective methods of crime reduction are really what they want in their county. One has to ask: "Tough on Crime"? Or utterly ignorant of modern and effective criminal justice practices?

63 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Timothy Fair on 03/09/2016 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Fallen Star: Randy Quaid Seeks Refuge in Small-Town Vermont

Welcome to Vermont Mr. and Mrs. Quaid..Hope you decide to stay!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Timothy Fair on 10/29/2015 at 10:27 AM

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