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Marijuana Legalized In Vermont, Sort Of

Vermont has just become the first state to eliminate penalties for possession of limited amounts of marijuana by adults. Governor Phil Scott signed H. 511 today.

If you are over 21, there will no longer be any penalty for having less than one ounce of marijuana. You may also have two mature and four immature marijuana plants. Buried a bit deeper, there is a provision for under 5 grams of hashish (instead of the one ounce of marijuana.) You may also now own paraphernalia for marijuana use.

According to the law, an immature marijuana plant means a female marijuana plant that has not flowered and that does not have any visible buds. A mature marijuana plant is defined as a female marijuana plant that has flowered and has visible buds.

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Governor Phil Scott Desperately Searching For Excuse To NOT Sign New Marijuana Legalization Bill!

Vermont Governor Phil Scott is still desperately searching for an excuse to NOT sign the new marijuana legalization Bill in Vermont.

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..."Scott says he has decided to sign H. 511, the marijuana legalization bill, between Thursday afternoon and Monday’s deadline."...

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott Has 5 Days From Jan. 10, 2018 To Sign the New Marijuana Bill - Will He Do It?

Vermont Governor Phil Scott has 5 days,  from Jan. 10, 2018,  to sign the new Marijuana Bill - will he do it? 

 (1) He can sign it. 

 (2) He can not sign it, but allow it to go into law after 5 days without his signature. 

 (3) He can Veto the new Marijuana Bill. 

So, which do you think he will choose: (1), (2) or (3)?

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January 4, 2018 Vermont House Votes to Legalize Marijuana After Threat by US Attorney General Sessions!

Vermont House votes to legalize marijuana

By Brandon Carter - 01/04/18 06:44 PM EST  
 
"The Vermont House passed a bill Thursday night to legalize recreational possession of marijuana..."
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a Department of Justice policy on legal marijuana."...
..."allow adults over the age of 21 to grow and possess small amounts of legal marijuana beginning in July.";;;
..."State Senate still needs to approve the measure"... "Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) has signaled that he will sign the bill."...

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Vermont Governor Scott's State of the State 2018

"2018 State of the State Governor Phil Scott January 4, 2018

Madame Speaker, Mr. President, Mr. Chief Justice, members of the General Assembly, distinguished guests and fellow Vermonters:

Since 1778, Vermonters, elected by their neighbors and bound by a common oath, have gathered to open the legislative session. They left farms, families and businesses, traveled over rugged mountain gaps and winding valley roads, from every corner of our state to come together to solve problems and shape the future.

The work of those who came before us, carved out Vermont’s place in the world with a greater share and influence than our small size or population would prescribe.

Through our courage and conviction, Vermont has pushed forward with progress when progress seemed unachievable. We’ve been the example, set the tone and helped usher positive change into our nation, when the need for change was essential.

My friends, we’ve reached that time again.

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Open Enrollment for Vermont Health Connect Plans Ends 12/15/17

Open enrollment for health insurance plans through Vermont Health Connect runs until December 15, 2017. If you don’t have coverage or if you want to change plans, you need to do so by December 15.

Information about plans and subsidies is available at https://portal.healthconnect.vermont.gov or 1-855-899-9600 (toll free).

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Public Safety/Law Enforcement Hearings

One of the topics covered by Senate Government Operations is public safety. As Chair of that committee I realize that over the past years, many studies have been done concerning law enforcement/public safety in the State of Vermont. A few of the recommendations have been implemented but the more controversial aspects of each study have gone untouched because many would be unpopular with various segments of both the population and law enforcement agencies.

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There Be Toxicity

In many online comment sections you can expect to find nasty comments. It’s not an accident that many online sites with comments are populated with people who post using a pseudonym. Being anonymous undoubtedly emboldens people to speak their minds. No one should use comments sections unless they are prepared accept a variety of comments good, bad and ugly. According to Wired.com, “The proportion of crummy comments is higher in Vermont than in any other state.” Wired.com teamed with Disqus.com to nationally survey thousands of websites to find out which state makes the most snarky comments.

Vermont has the distinction of having the highest percentage of toxic comments at 12.2 percent. Wired.com “analyzed 92 million comments over a 16-month period, written by almost 2 million authors on more than 7,000 forums that use the Disqus software.” Iowa at 10.3 percent has the second highest percentage of toxic comments online.

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*Not* Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast - But Might Be of Interest

[There have not been any Citizens' Breakfasts - http://bit.ly/YkYQBx - for awhile ... due to a complexity of reasons ... if you have an interest in continuing or reformulating the Breakfast, please contact me directly.] 

But here is something I wanted to share that you might find of interest: On March 23, I sent a letter to Vermont Chief Justice Reiber. Anticipating his appearance on Vermont Edition this past Friday, I re-posted the content of the letter as a question to Vermont Edition and it was posed by Bob Kinzel in his interview. The interchange can be heard beginning at about 9:05, at the following link:http://digital.vpr.net/post/chief-justice-paul-reiber-vermont-supreme-court-and-justice-our-state

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Getting Greener - Green Mountain Power Rooftop Solar Panels Program

 Big ideas for solar power

Editor: The United States has enormous rooftop square footage located in a combo of vast urban, suburban and corporate real-estate environments. President Obama's Energy Secretary Steven Chu has proposed reducing greenhouse gas emissions by painting all U.S. rooftops (and highways) white.

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Holiday Weekend Safe Driving Reminders

The Windham Regional Commission is assisting VTrans with getting word out about traffic safety this July 4th holiday.

This Fourth of July, Law Enforcement Is Here to Help Remind You: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

We love to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, food, and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. The fact is, this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes.

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Special Vermont Legislature Session June 21, 2017 To Vote Yes Or No To Over-Ride Veto Of Recreational Marijuana Law

Other news wrongly reported that the bill is dead. It is not dead. It is waiting upon the Vermont State Legislature to decide whether or not to over-ride Governor Phil Scott's veto of the recreational marijuana bill. 

I called the Vermont State Legislature 1-802-828-2228 and my question was directed to the Senate Secretary who stated that the June 21 sesson is a session where the legislators vote to over-ride a veto, and that s.22 recreational marijuana is on the list to vote on that day. Don't listen to fake news, no matter how important they tell you they are. Do your own research and make your own phone calls.

http://legislature.vermont.gov/the-state-house/civic-education/how-a-bil...

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Here is the Marijuana Bill the Governor Might Sign, So Please Read It!

This is the Marijuana bill we are waiting to see if Vermont Governor Phil Scott will sign or veto. The legislature could overcome a veto. It says Fentanyl, but it gets around to the marijuana, keep scrolling down!

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IAmAVermonter.org Begins Statewide Expansion

Brattleboro In an effort to answer quality of life questions people of color may have regarding a relocation to Vermont, Vermont Partnership for Fairness & Diversity has redesigned www.IAmAvermonter.org to capture the experiences of Vermonters of color throughout the Green Mountains.

When launched in 2015 www.IAmAvermonter.org focused exclusively on attracting people to the Champlain Valley region. The relaunched site now seeks to attract people to relocate to other regions as well as the Champlain Valley through testimonials of residents living and working in those other regions.

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Official Statement From Governor Phil Scott on Immigration

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDER RESTRICTING IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT

29 January 2017

Montpelier, Vt. - Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement:

"As I said when the President’s Executive Order was first issued, I am concerned and disappointed with the message it sends, and the actions it takes. I applaud the federal court’s decision to stay the removal of individuals in the United States – and here in Vermont – legally with Green Cards and Visas, to their countries of origin.  It’s one thing to express concern about foreign terrorist entry, it is something entirely different to remove people who enter this country legally, only because they are from certain countries.

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Governor Scott's 2017 Budget Address Transcript

Here is a transcript of Governor Scott's 2017 budget address, in which he calls for level-funding of schools across the state, proposes tax-free energy efficiency purchases, clean water, and low taxes, among other things.

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"Mr. President, Members of the General Assembly, fellow Vermonters:

Nineteen days ago, I stood in this very spot to lay out my vision for Vermont. One that helps us harness the power of our values, natural beauty and quality of life, to propel a strong, dynamic economy. And one that believes we can achieve great things through the strength and resourcefulness of our people, and our history of unity and respect for each other.

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Brattleboro Rail Forum on Nov. 9

Transportation Board holds Brattleboro Forum on Rail

The Vermont Transportation Board at 6 p.m. on November 9 will hold a public forum in Brattleboro on transportation policy associated with trains, both passenger and freight. The Board wants to discuss railroad related issues with the public – including rail-side economic development and the possible initiation of commuter rail service to Massachusetts – to determine how future policy can be shaped to best position Vermont’s rail interests to meet the needs of the state residents.

The forum, which will be held at the Brattleboro Museum & Arts Center at 10 Vernon Street, is one of seven such public conversations the Board is holding around the state. Topics the Board plans to discuss include:

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Vermont Governor Does What Brattleboro Selectboard Could Not Do - Proclaims Indigenous People's Day

Vermont will be recognizing Indigenous People's Day. Governor Peter Shumlin made it official:

"State of Vermont Executive Department A Proclamation

WHEREAS, Indigenous People's Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native Nations to the International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas; and

WHEREAS, a growing number of cities and towns in the United States have recognized the second Monday of October as "Indigenous People's Day, re-imagining Columbus Day as an opportunity to celebrate indigenous heritage and resiliency; and

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Early & Absentee Voting Started in Vermont!

Early and Absentee Voting Started Today in Vermont! Please vote your conscience!

I'm voting for myself, Cris Ericson for U.S. Senator; and I will also vote for Randy A. Gray for State Senator in Windsor 3-1, Dan Feliciano for Auditor of Accounts, and Rosemarie Jackowski for Attorney General.

I can honestly say I have met Rosemarie, Randy and Dan in person and have spoken with them, and trust them to be very good people. I am also facebook friends with Galen P. Dively III of St. Johnsbury, Vermont area, and he is on the ballot up there for State Senator. I would vote for him if I lived up in the North East Kingdom.

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Plat of the City of Zion - And So Fill Up the World

Believers of all affiliations are on the move. Their fluidity to channel into areas where disbelievers are the majority stems from having at their back generations of believers and accrued wealth and power that drives the machinery responsible for their boundless missionary work.

Areas of this country with the least religious Americans are clustered here in the northeast. In a February 2016 Pew Research Center study its writers and social scientists found that in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts only one-third of the populations are religious. Pew measured the extent of religious observance by “worship attendance, prayer frequency, belief in God, and the self-described importance of religion in one’s life.” Meanwhile, Pew also found that an overall growing share of Americans also self-identify as atheists.

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