Apr 052016
 April 5, 2016

vermont marijuana decriminalizationThe Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana will begin airing a new television ad statewide on Tuesday, just as members of the Vermont House of Representatives are preparing to vote on a bill that would end marijuana prohibition.

Thirty- and 60-second versions of the ad, titled “Vermont Is Ready,” will appear throughout the week on WCAX, WPTZ, and a variety of cable stations. Both versions of the ad can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/1qicp4i.

The ad features a diverse group of Vermonters saying, “It’s time” to end marijuana prohibition and “Vermont is ready” to regulate marijuana for adult use. One woman says, “It’s time for marijuana sales to take place in regulated businesses,” and another says, “It’s time to stop punishing adults for using a less harmful substance than alcohol.” Dr. Joseph McSherry, a Richmond neurologist, says, “It’s time to create rules for testing and labeling marijuana so that consumers can know what they’re getting.”

The ad ends with a young woman urging viewers to contact their state representatives and ask them to support S. 241, which would end prohibition and regulate marijuana in Vermont.

The House Committee on Judiciary is expected to vote on S. 241 as early as Friday. The Senate approved the bill on February 25. Gov. Peter Shumlin, Attorney General William Sorrell, and two former attorneys general have expressed support for the measure.

“Poll after poll finds most Vermonters are ready to end marijuana prohibition and start regulating marijuana,” said Matt Simon, the Montpelier-based New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, which produced the ad on behalf of the Vermont coalition. “The ad puts some faces to those survey results. There are a lot of folks out there who support this legislation, and we want them to reach out to their representatives and let them know.”

In February, Vermont Public Radio released the results of a poll conducted by the Castleton Polling Institute that found 55% of Vermonters support passing a law to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use. Only 32% said they are opposed.

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Source: The Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana is a broad coalition of citizens, organizations, and businesses working to end marijuana prohibition in Vermont and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed. For more information, visit http://www.RegulateVermont.org.

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  8 Responses to “New TV Ads Say ‘Vermont Is Ready’ To Regulate Marijuana”

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    The House is really dragging their feet on this. Time to turn up the pressure on key lawmakers.

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    It’s a screw the people strategy.
    Support, debate, modify, debate, ..do nothing.
    Then claim “I did support this, vote for me!”

    Vote for people who actually change the law, not for people who just go through the motions but accomplish nothing.

    I would love to be wrong about Vermont but at this point it looks like same old dirty politics to me.
    The Sinned Angel

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    Many thanks to The Weed Blog for sharing that link. The ads are nice little treats, offering a glimmer of hope in these dark anti-cannabis days. After so much progress, leading up to this crucial moment in Vermont, it can be difficult to press on because opponents still hold most positions of power—at the federal, state and local levels. It would certainly be encouraging if my neighbors in the Vermont House voted in favor of this bold (though imperfect) legislation. Federal “marihuana” law was destined to be defied.

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    Vermont House Judiciary committee will rewrite this bill, effectively killing it this year. In a state where 34% disapprove of legalization. Its time to amend the VT constitution to allow voter referendums. This will send a clear message to VT lawmakers that they need to listen to the people.

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      Unfortunately the premise seems to be a lost cause. Getting two/thirds of the state senate to shoot themselves in the foot and hold themselves to the will of the people is about as likely as finding a Catamount.

  5.  

    If Vermont does anything in the form of legalization, does anyone really think that lawmakers aren’t just salivating over the taxing prospects? Vermonters who smoke cannabis would be better off in the shadows but unfortunatly it doesn’t matter what you think in that state. Sorry but I would be question the motives of a NE state that cannot even salt its roads without breaking their purse. Everything in Vermont is ridiculously expensive(which is most likely by design), and the real Vermonters get pushed to the fringes by the Masshole and Long Islanders who gentrified the valley long ago. If you can afford the land, good luck taking a mortgage to pay the property tax. Vote with a uhaul and you wont regret it.

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