Vermont Coalition To Regulate Marijuana Launches TV Ad Campaign Featuring Former AG


vermont coalition to regulate marijuanaA new television ad featuring Vermont’s former top law enforcement official speaking out in support of regulating marijuana will begin airing statewide on Tuesday, just as lawmakers are taking a close look at the issue. The ad — viewable online at — will appear on WCAX, CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC through Sunday.

In the ad, titled “Time to End Prohibition (Again)”), former Vermont Attorney General Kimberly Cheney draws a comparison between current marijuana prohibition laws and the failed policy of alcohol prohibition.

“We all know that prohibition was a disaster,” Cheney says as images from the era of alcohol prohibition appear on the screen. “It forced alcohol into the underground market, where it was controlled by criminals, and consumers did not know what they were getting. It made us a nation of hypocrites and lawbreakers.

“Marijuana prohibition has caused a lot of the same problems,” according to Cheney. “That’s why most Vermonters agree it’s time for a more sensible approach,” he says, referencing a September Castleton Polling Institute poll that found 56% of Vermonters support — and only 34% oppose — legalizing and regulating marijuana for adult use.

The ad ends with Cheney urging viewers to contact their state senators and tell them, “It’s time to end prohibition and start regulating marijuana in Vermont.”
“Mr. Cheney decided to appear in this ad for the same reason he served as the state’s top law enforcement official,” 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 to Regulate Marijuana. “He cares strongly about the safety and wellbeing of Vermont citizens.

“There are a lot of current and former law enforcement officials out there who support ending prohibition and regulating marijuana,” Simon said. “It’s important that citizens and lawmakers hear from them.”

During a Thursday hearing before the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark expressed support for ending marijuana prohibition and replacing it with a “more controlled and regulated system.”

“By eliminating the prohibition on marijuana and the need to utilize funding for enforcing a failed policy, we as a state can focus on what is important,” he said.

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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


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  • Closet Warrior

    The winds of change are upon us brothers and sisters! A lot of change is happening in the east today. After Ohio’s blunder last November, it got voters stirred up and they are working to implement a medical marijuana program and MPP are backing them and helping to educate its citizens. Also, Iowa State University just overruled that the campus NORML chapter and all its students who’s FIrst Amendments rights were being infringed upon by the campus itself from suing NORML for advertising reform by way of terribly dangerous t-shirts w/NORML and cannabis leaf logos on them. The lawsuit was won for and by the students of ISU!!! The ruling stated their FREEDOM OF SPEECH was being abridged and that no other lawsuit may be placed upon a student who choses to express their personal or political beliefs EVER again!!! All these little battles being fought and won leads to us winning the war. Keep on fighting friends!!!

    • mbunker2007

      Can’t wait until I leave Ohio for states that have joined a common sense future (Ohio just failed again on ANOTHER medical marijuana bill), but hear, hear! The fight will go on!

      • Closet Warrior

        I feel the same way mbunker, we’re neighbors, you being a buckets and me being a hillbilly, we both know the plights of our ass-backwards state and local governments! My state is so regressive they have to pipe in sunshine from other states and our politicians are so slow it takes them 2 hrs to watch 60 minutes!!!

        • mbunker2007

          I escaped to Michigan, not much better but we might be on the ballot. My story is LONG, and had a raid in college but my story is so long it will take time to tell. I have grown extremely active in the movement in recent years. I hope to tell you more soon, but out of town at the moment! I hear you though!

          • Closet Warrior

            Cool Beans man, hit me up on this blog or Grass City forum. My blog name on there is McGillicutty, ya heard. It’s always good to get new perspectives from ppl in different states and especially ppl who travel can give different insight. Peace bro, bring back some fire. lol

        • mbunker2007

          It ain’t riiiiite! You darn kids today with yer weed……that stuff in “our town.”……sick ma shotgun/sheriff/dogs on uuuuuuuu….all that. More soon!

          • Closet Warrior


    • mbunker2007

      Iowa U? I did not hear about this, but it was BOUND to happen. They probably thought they were “promoting dangerous narcotic use” or something. Typical outdated stupidity!

  • mbunker2007

    It’s time to the stop the madness and legalize now. No more delays. Join the future, Vermont, knocking on the door. Legalize, and just end the insanity already. And DON’T let it die until next year. Just pass it already, legalization is inevitable as it is and you all know it!!!