Vermonters on Legal Weed in Colorado: It's Complicated – Seven Days
They talked to a wide range of people: a homeless man, a waitress and the Colorado governor’s staff. After three days, many of the Vermonters who went this week to check out the legalized marijuana scene in the Rocky Mountain State found that it’s complicated.Life on the streets of Denver looked – and smelled – pretty much the same as anywhere, except for one thing. “You can’t throw a stone without hitting a [marijuana] store out there,” said Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn. One of those stores, he said, reported grossing more than $1 million a month.The impact of those sales on the lives of Colorado residents was harder to determine, the trippers said.“There’s no reliable data in Colorado. That says to me, Vermont needs to wait,” said Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan, who organized the trip, which ran from Sunday through Wednesday.Two Vermont lawmakers plan to introduce a bill – likely next week – that would legalize the recreational use and sale of marijuana in the state. Donovan and the others said they wanted to see how Colorado’s law was working a year after legalization there.
“I came away understanding that it’s far more complicated than I thought,” said Mary Alice McKenzie, executive director of the Burlington Boys & Girls Club, who is co-founder of a group opposing legalization in Vermont. “The questions a community needs to wrestle with are many.”“People are split out there as far as is this a good thing or a bad thing,” said Flynn. “I don’t think there’s a consensus.”Colorado approved legalization by a public vote. “I don’t think they expected it would pass,” said Bill Young, executive director of Maple Leaf Treatment Center in Underhill, who went on the trip. “It caught them without a lot of preparation.”Legalization here would be via the legislature, which could craft a much more detailed law, said David Mickenberg, a Vermont lobbyist who represents the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project. He also went on the trip. “I feel like the legislature has the wherewithal … – Click Here To Visit Article Source