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Todd Tomasi 
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Re: “New Vermont House Bill Would Legalize, Tax Marijuana Sales

As much as I'd love to see this bill pass it's highly likely it will not. I've watched Vermont drag it's feet for the last three years about the legalization issue as surrounding states have progressively and economically moved forward. I do feel that the Vermont legislation is in fact completely out of touch with the reality cannabis has been a big part of Vermont life for the past 40 plus years. It's is here to stay legal or not. To illustrate this point I have repeatedly heard the argument against legalization boil down to the number of "joints in an ounce or a pound". Joints?? What decade are they living in? The 60's or 70's? One cannot categorically quantify and demonized cannabis use by using this archaic reefer madness lingo, but VT legislation does. There is a myriad way to ingest cannabis that cannot be measurably and accurately quantified. Edibles, tinctures, vaporizers, dabbing, salves etc. By referencing DPS' inaccurate cannabis "data" on joints and Phil Scott's cope out excuse to "unable to measure level of driver impairment" it's no wonder we aren't moving forward.

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. When Vermonters can drive to Massachusetts, spend their Vermont dollars on cannabis, smoke a little and drive back home the "issue" continues unchecked by something holding Vermont back from legalization. Scott's logic is flawed. It's time to embrace the culture of cannabis, legalize it, tax it, boost our hurting economy and make it another "Vermont Proud" product. If not, I'm on a road trip to Massachusetts on the regular.

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Posted by Todd Tomasi on 02/22/2017 at 10:52 AM

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