Seatbelts a stumbling block in House/Senate pot bill negotiations - Seven Days

Oddly enough - even by the standards of the Vermont Legislature - whether or not police should be allowed to pull over drivers not wearing seatbelts has driven a wedge between the House and Senate negotiators of S54, the tax and regulate marijuana bill.

"Gannon argued that it was an important safety issue for House members, contending the rule would increase seatbelt usage and lower highway fatalities. But Sen. Jeanette White (D-Windham) lambasted the idea as having nothing to do with taxing and regulating an adult cannabis market. “This is a deal breaker for us, so if the House is going to insist on this provision, then we might as well walk away today,” Sears said."



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  • d pilone
    commented 2020-08-21 07:24:09 -0400
    Call your representative and ask them if they will vote for or against commercialization of marijuana. They will tell you. Make sure you ask that question before the next election. Then cancel their career as a legislator if they’re for commercialization of marijuana. This is not being mean or underhanded. Exercise your authority over your representative. They work for you. WAKE UP!
  • d pilone
    commented 2020-08-21 07:07:34 -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.