• Put condition on permit
    November 14,2012
    • Email Article
    •  
    •  Print Article
     
    Any vote to permit a medical marijuana dispensary in Vermont (“Pittsford mulls pot dispensary in town, (Nov. 9, p. 1) is an egregious mistake unless a certain condition is attached to it.

    As town after town across the U.S. allows dispensaries, the tobacco companies will seize on the emergence of long-unrecognized public toleration of marijuana use to capture the market. They will fund Astroturf and genuine activist groups to de-criminalize it, and once that is accomplished, they will proceed to peddle it to children the same way that they peddle cigarettes. They will also lobby Congress for freedom from regulation in doing so. The result will be similar to the for-profit opium trade in 19th-century China, where it was estimated 115 million were addicts.

    The only possible way to have a medical marijuana dispensary trigger this scenario is to attach a provision to a permit that the government control the production, marketing, distribution and sale of the product. This will bar commercial interests from again poisoning for profit.

    CHUCK GREGORY

    Springfield
    • Email Article
    •  
    •  Print Article
    2 Comments
    MORE IN Letters
    I do not care in the least if the decision was/was not politically correct, nor, if in the... Full Story
    Reading the opinion pieces on the settlement of 100 Syrian refugees in Rutland provides me with... Full Story
    When I moved from my hometown of Rutland to Portland, Maine, last summer, one of my first... Full Story
    More Articles