Commentary: Big Cannabis exploiting Vermont- Catherine Antley – VT Digger

The experience of other states shows that Vermonters will suffer while out-of-state Big Cannabis industry is enriched if the commercial cannabis bill becomes law, warns a Burlington physician.

"Legalized cannabis production does not end black market activity in commercialized states, because it can always charge less than the legalized price. In some areas the illegal market has grown. This all contributes to environmental damage. Wild animals are poisoned by pesticides applied to the continuing illegal farms. Waterway quality is degraded. Smells, allergens, and volatile organic pollutants (which residents of Winooski are already concerned about) compromise their standard of living. Ethnically diverse and low-income neighborhoods are targeted as places to sell and to produce product."

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