Medical Marijuana: Vermont

A group in Vermont wants to move marijuana off the streets and they believe the only way to do that is to legislate; unsurprisingly, law enforcement agencies disagree.

Last month, former state legislator, Daryl Pillsbury, who now sits on the Brattleboro Select Board, teamed up with writer Vidda Crochetta, also of Brattleboro, to hold a meeting of like-minded residents.

Following an ‘encouraging turnout’ the pair invited Senator Jeanette White (Windham) to contribute at a second meeting held this week.  Senator White is well qualified, having co-sponsored a number of bills related to cannabis, at one point working towards decriminalizing possession for personal use.  She believes that, as with cigarette smoking, education is a good way of encouraging sensible cannabis use and says that taxes received from legalizing medical use of marijuana could be spent on that education.

Speaking about why attempts to legally regulate the use of marijuana so often fail, Thomas Tremblay, commissioner for public safety in Vermont, said it was to do with abuse, which leads crime and subsequent neighborhood erosion.

Pillsbury, however, is convinced that many Vermont citizens believe otherwise.  His campaign commences in Windham County but he plans to roll it out across the state with time.

States where it is legal to use medical marijuana

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  1. http://USMJP.com CAMPAIGN BLOG

    http://USMJP.org campaign MySpace

    http://CRISERICSON.COM
    campaign website officially listed
    with the
    Vermont Secretary of State
    http://www.sec.state.vt.us
    click on Elections,
    click on Independent candidate list,
    see: Cris Ericson, United States Marijuana Party
    on the same list with independents and SOCIALISTS.

    (1) I am on the ballot because voters in north Windham and south Windsor Counties, all within 12 miles of my home in Chester, Vermont, signed petitions to put me on the ballot.

    An independent candidate may chose “descriptive words”,
    so every page of my petitions stated,
    UNITED STATES MARIJUANA party.

    (2) The voters who signed my petitions met me either in
    Saxtons River, Bellows Falls, Chester or Springfield.

    Most of them met me in front of the Post Office in Bellows Falls,
    or at Springfield Recycling,
    or the State Liquor Store in Chester.

    These voters owned cars and homes,
    and MOST of them were my age (58) or older.

    People who use Recycling in Springfield are often older
    and don’t use a trash pick up service,
    like younger working adults do.

    People who go to the State Liquor Store at a
    certain time of day are usually just getting off work
    at the end of their work week.

    People who go to the Post Office in Bellows Falls
    at certain hours of the day are often
    either working and picking up their work mail,
    or retired.

    I was very careful to select voters who are most likely home owners and car owners (often big vehicle owners) and educated.

    The reasons people signed my petitions INCLUDE but are not limited to:

    (1) make medical marijuana legal under federal law;

    (2) make HEMP legal under federal law;

    (3) decriminalize marijuana because a criminal conviction for drugs can be tied to whether or not a kid can receive some of the federal loans and grants for college.

    (3) is a BIGGIE! GRANDPARENTS WANT THEIR GRANDCHILDREN TO GO TO COLLEGE! MORE PEOPLE SIGNED THE PETITIONS OVER THIS ISSUE THAN ANY OTHER ISSUE!

    IT IS NECESSARY TO AMEND THE LAWS SO THAT THERE IS FAIRNESS.
    A RICH KID CAN GO TO COLLEGE ANYWAY, EVEN IF THE RICH KID HAS A CRIMINAL CONVICTION FOR MARIJUANA, BECAUSE THE RICH KID’S PARENTS WILL PAY!

    MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES AND LOWER INCOME FAMILIES DEPEND ON LOANS AND GRANTS FOR COLLEGE,
    AND LOWER INCOME FAMILIES
    IN BELLOWS FALLS
    AND SPRINGFIELD, VERMONT
    AND CHESTER, VERMONT TOTALLY DEPEND ON
    LOANS AND GRANTS FOR COLLEGE.

    REGISTERED VOTERS WHO ARE OVER 50
    DO NOT WANT
    THEIR GRANDCHILDREN
    DENIED THE RIGHT TO GO TO COLLEGE!

    CRIS ERICSON

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