Even the governor hasn’t heard about what’s happening in commercial-pot legal Massachusetts. Whether it’s federal officers leading mayors away in handcuffs for bribery, or people screaming and vomiting in emergency rooms, it’s not a pretty picture.Read more
Former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee, 2016 candidate for Vermont governor, bought the ceremonial first purchase at a new marijuana “dispensary” in Massachusetts this week.Read more
NYPD posted FB photos of proud officers surrounded by a good day’s work – bags and bags of leafy green marijuana caught in a Nov. 3 bust. Just one problem: it wasn’t pot, but Vermont-grown hemp.Read more
Windham County senator discusses cannabis “opt out,” statewide rental inspection – Brattleboro Reformer
Under proposed ‘tax and regulate’ marijuana legislation, it would take a townwide vote to ensure that communities won’t have any marijuana production or retail facilities, Sen. Jeannette White (D-Windham) told a Bellows Falls crowd.Read more
13 Vermont State Police officers are now trained as drone pilots. The high-flying devices will be used for investigatory purposes. Maybe looking for illegal marijuana fields out in the woods?Read more
Vermont teens smoke more marijuana per capita than teens in any other state, a new report shows.Read more
A man "squatting" in an abandoned St. Albans home was found to have a tub of marijuana - two pounds' worth.
Marijuana legalization, Bernie-style, offers expungement, $50 billion in aid – Burlington Free Press
Bernie Sanders announced at 4:20 pm yesterday that as president he would push for commercial marijuana and “invest” $50 billion of tax revenue into low-income, substance abuse, and minority programs. That, and expunge all pot-related criminal records.Read more
1. California taxes and fees make legal pot sold at licensed dispensaries too expensive for customers who can get buy much cheaper on the established black market.
2. The dispensary approval process is slow and cumbersome.
3. Almost 80% of California jurisdictions have “opted out” of commercial marijuana activity.
4. Regulatory enforcement of “illegal” sales in California is a joke – four out of five marijuana sellers on the Weedmaps website are unlicensed.
A Cornwall, VT resident says there are social and political ramifications now that homegrown Vermont marijuana is so ubiquitous that people are literally and legally giving it away like zucchini.Read more