Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Launched in Vermont

Jan 06, 2015 , , , ,

With the Vermont General Assembly set to convene this week, a group of citizens, organizations, and businesses from around the state is officially launching a coalition to support legislation that would end marijuana prohibition in Vermont and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.

From the Washington Times:

The Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana VT Coalition logo 2held a news conference Tuesday, a day before the start of a legislative session in which lawmakers are expected to consider whether Vermont should follow the lead of Colorado and Washington state in legalizing the drug. Supporters say that efforts to stamp out its use by making it illegal have failed and that the state could raise revenues by taxing the drug.

“Regulating marijuana will take sales out of the underground market and allow for it to be controlled like other products that are legal for adults,” said Matt Simon of the Marijuana Policy Project, a coalition member. “Along with improving public safety, it will generate significant new tax revenue and create good jobs for our communities.”

Coalition member Joseph McSherry, a neurophysiologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center, said that many young people report that it’s easier to acquire marijuana than alcohol. Changing marijuana from an illegal to a legal market could reduce its availability to teenagers, he argued.

“If you want to make marijuana harder to get for kids, especially the risk takers and sensation seekers, you need to legalize it and regulate it,” McSherry said. “The people who deal in illegal drugs aren’t selective” about their customers.

2 responses to “Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Launched in Vermont”

  1. How does moving from one form of stealing a persons ownership of their own body to another via regulatory control achieve freedom for the peaceful individual?

  2. It doesn’t ,Bob…and that is not the goal of MPP or Norml…both organizations are full of snitches working for who knows who?

    Neither of these organizations is about ending cannabis prohibition…it’s my opinion they are both more interested in becoming Player$ in the Corporate Big Marijuana Business.

    I’m guessing this comment will never be published…given the number of many other free speech comments being censored by both MPP and Norml…in my opinion ,a gutless tactic.

    “The love of money is the root of all evil”

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