Anti-legal pot advocates speak up at TJ Donovan’s pro-cannabis rally – Fox 44

A Burlington doctor and a retired Superior Court judge ensured that not all of the discussion about retail cannabis was positive and enthusiastic at Contois Auditorium in Burlington Thursday. Dr. Catherine Antley reminded the crowd that the marijuana industry’s business plan depends on recruiting heavy users at a young age.

“Dr. Catherine Antley of the Vermont Medical Society said she was concerned about what she calls a focus on addiction by commercial cannabis retailers in order to develop and maintain a customer base. “They’re doing that by creating a more concentrated product, a more addictive product, and in advertising to children THC gummies and that kind of thing,” she said.

Ben Joseph of North Hero, a retired Vermont Superior Court Judge, said he doesn’t believe tax revenue from marijuana sales would be worth the human cost. During his years on the bench, he said, he heard cases in which people were killed by people driving high. “We had this infamous case recently, the Bourgoin case. Some guy was out of his mind on nothing but marijuana,” Joseph said. “This is the kind of thing which is going to happen more often.”

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  • d pilone
    commented 2019-12-08 11:57:50 -0500
    State officials don’t care about what you think on this subject. Just shut up because we’re ramming legalization down your throat. You see we in the legislature will get rich while you peons get to deal with the addiction, the mental illness and suicide. Hey we only listen to the UVM nutty professor who thinks marijuana cures cancer. Once we get most of our youth on this crap they’ll be more in-debt to us than ever. Will be able to acquire even more public domain from under their noses. Pot will make the electorate even more compliant then they already are now. As far as pot being used as medicine it is malarkey. A guy walks into his doctors office and says doc I have a problem. I defecate in my pants. The doc says don’t worry I had a drug salesman in here the other day and he gave me some new samples. Try this stuff and come back to see me in a couple weeks. OK. He comes back in two weeks and the doc asks how it worked out. The patient replies I have good news and bad news. The doc asks what’s the bad news. Well I still defecate in my pants. But the good news is NOW I DON’T CARE.
  • Stan Derby
    commented 2019-12-08 09:35:37 -0500
    Regulate it, tax it. Move on. Next.