Two things that have been with me all of my life are going away as July starts, and I’m happy to bid them adieu.
The first is plastic shopping bags. Brattleboro is banning single-use plastic bags (under 2.25 mil) as of July 1. In a world full of plastic bags, our impact may be like a small drop in a big pond, but our drop can cause ripples.
Most people are now aware of the damage plastics can do, especially to marine life. I certainly wouldn’t want to be swimming around, minding my own business, then be suffocated by plastic bags.
Ending single use plastic bags seems like a minimal step that we can take to help fellow animals on the planet.
The second is illegality of small amounts of marijuana. Vermont won’t arrest you for having or growing some after this week.
Pot’s been illegal all my life, for no good reason. It’s caused otherwise good people to be criminals, facing jail time, fines, and public humiliation for doing something less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco.
Ending the prohibition is a wise move and acknowledges reality.
A funny connection – I’ve known many people who have smoked or sold pot over the years. This is America. Sometimes, the legal single-use plastic bags from the store were used to conceal a delivery of illegal marijuana. That all flips now. Legal marijuana can be enjoyed, and single use bags used to conceal it are illegal. Times and priorities change.
I should note that not all plastic is going away. Clear sandwich bags will remain, as will some light plastic bags used to wrap newspapers or vegetables, for instance.
This is the final week for plastic bags and pot prohibition in Brattleboro. Who will get the last plastic bag? Who is the last person to be arrested for a small amount of marijuana? Who will be first to be refused a plastic bag at the store? Who will be first to enjoy legal marijuana? There is trivia to collect!
Two rather substantial changes coming next week, both worthy of celebrations of some sort. Got anything special planned?