Organic farming, social justice groups oppose tax-and-regulate marijuana bill - Rutland Herald

On at least one issue, Vermont’s social justice and police chief organizations agree: S-54, taxation and regulation of marijuana, is a bad bill and needs to be scrapped.

“It just doesn’t do enough to directly address the harms done primarily on communities of color from cannabis prohibition, prior to letting a lot of wealthy, white-owned businesses profit from this crop, which is such a clear inequity that I think it really is important the Legislature and administration take that into consideration,” she said.

Justice for All, a racial equity group, acknowledged through a statement by its co-founder and Executive Director Mark Hughes that his group did provide testimony on the bills with regards to past laws and policies’ impacts on Black people, but the resulting bills didn’t take it into account."



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  • d pilone
    commented 2020-08-21 07:05:04 -0400
    I am angry because of the comments by senator Sears and others in the pro marijuana coalition. You got to be kidding me. “I’m against legalization because of the insertion of a seat belt provision” He cares about inappropriate vehicle stops because of his social justice signaling charade. He should be saying this bill is CRAP because it hooks young people on a drug that interferes with education and learning. It leads to more sex and unwanted pregnancies. It leads to crippling mental illness. It leads to a wasted, lazy life. It leads to more people running for the legislature that are clueless and can’t protect society from a true health crisis. What it does do is perpetuate dangerous policies by a drug using public that will vote for more vices to satisfy the electorates next fix.
  • d pilone
    commented 2020-08-21 07:05:04 -0400
    I am angry because of the comments by senator Sears and others in the pro marijuana coalition. You got to be kidding me. “I’m against legalization because of the insertion of a seat belt provision” He cares about inappropriate vehicle stops because of his social justice signaling charade. He should be saying this bill is CRAP because it hooks young people on a drug that interferes with education and learning. It leads to more sex and unwanted pregnancies. It leads to crippling mental illness. It leads to a wasted, lazy life. It leads to more people running for the legislature that are clueless and can’t protect society from a true health crisis. What it does do is perpetuate dangerous policies by a drug using public that will vote for more vices to satisfy the electorates next fix.