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“The excuse that ‘I am simply dealing this drug to support my own habit because I can’t get into treatment or have to wait to get into treatment and I simply need to sell this drug so I don’t get sick …’ is not valid,” Thomas Anderson VT Public Safety Comm

Green Cross Strong news - VT Digger .org reports - Brattleboro, VT: BRATTLEBORO — Local Police Chief Michael Fitzgerald stood by listening as Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson read the proverbial riot act to drug dealers who’ve pushed this southeastern town’s opioid overdose numbers to the highest in the state. ... Share More:
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VT STRONG NEWS Industrial Opioid Disaster – Attorney General Donovan Sues Sackler Family, Makers of OxyContin

Mount Snow Owner Sued. Lawsuit Alleges Violations of Consumer Protection Act, Unjust Enrichment, Public Nuisance. Office of the Attorney General of Vermont reports ;Montpelier, VT: Attorney General Donovan has sued eight members of the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma , makers of the opioid OxyContin, among others. The lawsuit alleges that for over two decades the Sacklers personally oversaw Purdue’s deceptive marketing campaign. They…
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Vermont Joins Antitrust Lawsuit Against Teva Pharmaceuticals, 19 Other Generic Drug Manufacturers, 15 Individuals

VT STRONG NEWS – Montpellier, VT: Office of the Attorney General reports – Lawsuit Alleges Conspiracy to Fix Prices on 100+ Different Generic Drugs. Attorney General Donovan joined 43 states in in filing suit against Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 of the nation’s largest generic drug manufacturers. The lawsuit alleges a broad conspiracy to artificially inflate and manipulate prices, reduce competition, and unreasonably restrain trade for…
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Vermont State Decriminalization Act 86

Montpelier, VT: The Governor has informed the House that on the January 22, 2018, he approved and signed a bill originating in the House of the following title: H. 511. An act relating to eliminating penalties for possession of limited amounts of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older. Act No. 86 (). Crimes and criminal procedure; marijuana An act relating to eliminating penalties for possession…
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GROUP URGES VERMONT TO LOOK AT HEALTH EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

Burlington, VT: A major public health group is urging lawmakers to consider the health risks associated with legalizing marijuana. The Vermont chapter of the American Public Health Association, the VtPHA, released a list of policy proposals Wednesday, that officials say will help curb negative effects of using pot and steer the legislative debate toward health concerns. VtPHA recommends that the state restrict marijuana use in…
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Vermont Considering Marijuana Legalization As Momentum Builds

In this Wednesday, July 29, 2015 photo a marijuana plant grows in a growing room at the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center, in Providence, Rhode Island officials say revenues from taxing and regulating medical marijuana have been lower than projected in the two years that dispensaries have been legal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Vermont House speaker and now gubernatorial candidate Shap Smith has come out in favor…
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Bernie Sanders Will Consider Legalizing Marijuana If Elected President

While never making marijuana policy a major part of his policy platform in the past, it seemed likely that the progressive Sanders would be a supporter of sensible marijuana laws. Researching his stances, as much as forty years ago, and the fact that his home state of Vermont has been one of the most progressive states on marijuana policy (especially among states without the initiative…
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VT Growers: Keep recreational pot local

BRATTLEBORO – Vermont marijuana growers and other interested parties urged lawmakers on Monday to take a local approach to legalization of recreational marijuana next year. “A lot of the cannabis in Vermont comes from local people, and it’s some of the best in the world,” said Stuart Savel of Brattleboro. “To reinvent the wheel and say now, we are going to teach people how to…
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