Article II – “Shall the Town [of Brattleboro] permit the operation of licensed cannabis retailers subject to such municipal ordinance and regulation as the Selectboard may lawfully adopt and implement?”
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It will now be legal to purchase spinach in state-approved shops, so long as it is not too fresh. Our political leaders hope that legalizing this popular vegetable with government-regulated distribution through specially-favored retailers, will squeeze out illegal growers and criminal spinach-pushers.
Seriously folks: I am having a hard time deciding how to vote. If I vote “no,” my vote will increase the anti-pot tally and be seen as opposition to legal marijuana. If I vote, “yes,” I will be voting for state-sponsored restraint of trade, meant to harm those of our friends who for decades took risks practicing illegal horticulture and free-enterprise, keeping us supplied.
Not only does a “yes” vote support monopolistic favoritism, but it means paying twice as much at a dispensery for an inferior product, which is prohibited from having more than a limited strength of THC. (Limiting THC is a health issue, because now you will have to put twice as much smoke in your lungs.)
“A friend of mine,” tells me that for years he has attended underground gatherings where pot sellers display their agricultural products, offering information about its characteristics and origin: “My brother grew this Sativa, it will stimulate creativity. Or if you want something mellow, try this Indica.”
Over time, “my friend” tells me, acquaintanceship, trust, and a sense of community develop. No doubt there are also fast-lane dealers who simply sell anything illegal; but — in a free-market environment — if lifestyle matters to you, then you can choose where and with whom to do business.
About a 2 years ago, I met a young fellow who is devoted to every aspect of growing pot. He earns a modest amount, but his passion is developing his expertise in types of grow-lights, genetic strains, soil, environmental conditions. He is totally enthused about this work, an honest and decent person.
The progressive politicians are complicit with criminalizing this individual, who is someone I am proud to know. It seems that this Vermont pot initiative is the product of a corrupt compromise between progressives, whose “realpolitik” requires that they make deals in order to appease authoritarians.
Hey… I have an idea! Why not let cannabis be just like spinach… grow it if you like, use it if you like, let the free market determine where it gets sold and at what price.