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Here are sources for videos and news articles about marijuana efforts in Vermont and around the country.

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Cannabis Reform Stories

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Free marijuana from the present dual-set of regulations: Lester Grinspoon – rxmarijuanaUpdated state listing of laws and penalties associated with cannabis – NORML

DrugSense Drug War Clock – See Costs and Arrests Statistics – DrugSense.org

The Marijuana Resolve Show with special guest Clint Werner, author: Marijuana – Gateway To Health

Top 5 Lobby Groups To Keep Marijuana Illegal – Republic Report Truthout

The Marijuana Resolve Show with special guest VT medical marijuana patient Wayne Griffis –BCTV

The Marijuana Resolve Show with special guest Senator Jeanette White – BCTV

Marijuana Is A Fundamental Rights Issue Not A Political Question – dailycamera.com

Vermont Compassion Centers: Final Rules for creation of VT marijuana dispensaries Effective Date: 01/27/12 – Read Here

Things You Can’t Talk About: Marijuana – Watch

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’ Donnell: Reports on political hypocrisy about marijuana – YouTube

“I did not ask for this war” AFP News Agency on Yahoo

Is Smoking Marijuana Normal? Read here

Teen pot smoking could be good-what can we learn from them? – AlterNet

“America’s First Hemp House” in Ashville, NC – Bringing It Home

Changing the Face of Cannabis – V.I.P Pot Consumers

Former County Health Officer Says Marijuana is Safer than Alcohol – SaferChoice.org

Clearing the smoke: the science of cannabis – The WantToKnow.info team

* The Marijuana Resolve Show – The Joy of Marijuana with Larry Bloch (at BCTV Studios) –Watch

* The Marijuana Resolve Show with Russ Belville from NORML (at BCTV Studios) – Watch

“The goal of the bill, HR 2306, is not to legalize marijuana but to remove it from the list of federally controlled substances while allowing states to decide how they will regulate it.”Click here and here and tell your Representative to support Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011 MPP

Joe Rogan on The True Reason Pot is illegal – YouTube

DEA + DHHS Rule Against Reschedule of Marijuana – Read 114 page report here

“When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point.” – Barack Obama  YouTube

Call Off The Global Drug War – By former President Jimmy Carter – (NYTimes) Read it here

What Drives the War on Drugs? By economist Polly Cleveland June 16 – Read it here

House Speaker Shap Smith derails marijuana decriminalization bill – Rutland Herald

The NORML Network – Videos

Arguments for and against drug prohibition – Wikipedia

Legalizing marijuana: ‘The war’s over’ – Daily Bulldog

Cannabis Cures Cancer – Forbidden Knowledge TV

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Cannabis Nonprofit Reform Organizations

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NORML Weekly News

Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) News

Vote Hemp News

 
 
 
 
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Legalize Marijuana Editorial:

Brattleboro Reformer (Brattleboro, Vermont) (http://www.reformer.com/)

October 16, 2010

Our opinion

A burning question

Section: Opinion Page: 04

Article Text:

A 60-year-old and a 33-year-old woman could each spend up to 15 years in prison for growing 68 marijuana plants. A 24-year-old man could spend up to three years in jail for growing six plants in his home. A 35-year-old man could spend two years in jail after being busted with a little more than two ounces of marijuana in his possession. An 18-year-old woman could spend two years in the lock-up for selling less than a half-ounce.

This isn’t news to most of us. It happens all the time. The question we have is – is it really necessary?

Each year, about 1,000 Vermonters are arrested, though not all of them are incarcerated, for marijuana- related offenses. In the United States as a whole, about 850,000 marijuana arrests are made each year, costing cities, states and the federal government more than $10 billion, according to drugscience.org.

And every day, violent criminals walk out of jail because of a lack of prison space, much of it taken up by non-violent drug offenders. How does this make any sense?

Marijuana users are ending up in trouble because they are breaking a law. Most of the problems related to marijuana are because it is illegal and not because of the drug itself. It’s as simple as that.

Of course, we don’t condone marijuana use – or use of any other drugs, such as alcohol – by anyone under 21. And people who operate motor vehicles under the influence o! f weed should be held as accountable as those who drink while they drive.

The debate over the perceived dangers – or lack thereof – of pot has been going on for more than a century. Decriminalization and legalization has been argued about since the 1960s and medical marijuana has been approved in 14 states, including Vermont.

And a gateway drug? We know by now that most of those who move on to the real hard drugs – cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines – started out on alcohol.

And speaking of booze, we can’t even begin to calculate the health and social costs of alcohol abuse, but many studies have proven the worse thing you can get from pot is a smoker’s cough … and maybe fat.

The argument that legalizing marijuana would lead those who don’t partake to smoke and that it would make it more available to those who are underage is specious.

If you want to smoke, you will. If you don’t want to, you won’t. And you should ask your children if it’s really that hard to get pot or beer right now.

And then there are those who fear if marijuana was legalized, zoned-out zombies would be wandering the streets, lighting up on the job, wasting their lives listening to the Grateful Dead or raiding the potato chip aisle at the local supermarket.

We hate to tell you this – but those people are already in your midst. Besides the obvious examples that anyone can point to, most pot smokers can’t be picked out of a crowd and are responsible and hard-working citizens.

People who kick back on a daily or weekly basis with a joint in their hands don’t go out and commit crimes, slap their wives or husbands around or force anyone to dance to rock ‘n’ roll.

They just want to be left alone just like those who like to tip a scotch and soda or a beer.

And in our opinion, and most importantly, if marijuana was legalized, law enforcement expenditures could be shifted to enforcing and prosecuting other crimes, such as rape, assault, murder and robbery and prison beds would be freed up f! or those who commit the truly heinous crimes.

In our book, that’s a much better investment of time, money, human resources and energy.

(c) 2010 Brattleboro Reformer. All rights reserved. Reproduced with the permission of Media NewsGroup

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Marijuana News/Articles/Editorials/Video Links

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Videos:

YouTube – ReasonTV

YouTube – NORMLtv Is Prohibition Protecting Our Children?

YouTube – Medical Marijuana Activist Mark Tucci Details Vermont’s Legalization Process

YouTube – UVM Students Want Marijuana Consequences Reduced

YouTube – Search results for Marijuana+Vermont

YouTube – Search results for Marijuana+Massachusetts

YouTube – Search results for Marijuana+New Hampshire

YouTube – Search results for Marijuana+New York

YouTube – Search results for Marijuana+Canada

YouTube – Search results for Marijuana Legalization 2011

YouTube – Search results for Marijuana Policy Project

YouTube – Search results for NORML 2011

YouTube – ACLU – Feds can search you 100 miles from the border
 
Community TV – The Marijuana Resolve Show (Taped at BCTV Studios in Brattleboro; also aired on CCTV in Burlington, VT)
 
 
 
 

Audio

Community Radio VT – Moccasin Tracks WGDR: Interview with Sue Thayer
 
Community Radio VT – Moccasin Tracks WGDR: Interview with Mark Tucci

Articles:

Sue Thayer Case – Woman Can’t Tell Jury She Grew Pot To Save Son’s Life – mapinc.org

Sue Thayer Case – State of Vermont v. Sue C. Thayer – a Synopsis by Max Thayer

Sue Thayer Case – Neighbors Rally Around Woman Charged With Marijuana Cultivation VPR Nov 2010

Sue Thayer Case – Charged With Felony for Growing Pot, Mother Can’t Tell Jury It Was “Medical” Seven Days Nov 2010

Sue Thayer Case – Wallingford Mother Gets Court Diversion For Growing Marijuana  VPR Jan 2011

Sue Thayer case – Friends of Sue Thayer Facebook

50-State Chart – How Taxing, Regulating Marijuana Would Help State Budget Problems

Vermont Commons – We Are Vermont: The marijuana issue simmers

Time Magazine – Amerijuana

New York Times – Marijuana Web Names Snapped Up in Case of Legalization

MSNBC – Liberal pot laws fail across U.S. – Politics – Decision 2010

MSNBC – Alcohol more dangerous than heroin – Health – Addictions

iBrattleboro.com – Vermont Marijuana Decriminalization Effort Launched In Brattleboro

iBrattleboro.com – Why I Support Legal Marijuana In Vermont

iBrattleboro.com – Search results for “Marijuana”

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