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Letters to the Editor: Middlebury rejects VLCT fear-mongering on pot

Posted on September 28, 2017 |
By Dave Silberman



In his letter to the editor on September 20, Middlebury Selectboard Chair Brian Carpenter attempts to describe the Vermont League of Cities and Towns' "new" position on marijuana legalization as something other than opposition.  This is absurd.

The new position states that marijuana "should only be legalized for recreational purposes after all public safety, public health, and local regulatory and budgetary concerns are adequately addressed." 

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Letters to the Editor: Let Middlebury selectboard know how you feel about marijuana legalization

Posted on September 14, 2017 |
By Dave Silberman



For each of the past two years, the Middlebury selectboard authorized the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT), on whose executive board Town Manager Kathleen Ramsey serves, to lobby Montpelier against marijuana legalization. The decision to lobby against sensible drug policy reform was made in secret, without any public warning, and without any public input.

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Letters to the Editor: State getting real on cannabis laws

Posted on May 18, 2017 |
By Dave Silberman



The very same week that the Trump Administration vowed to re-impose the mandatory minimum sentences that were the hallmark of our disastrous “War on Drugs” (in actuality, a war on people of color), the Vermont Legislature listened to the will of Vermonters, and passed Senate Bill 22, which would end state-level penalties for possession of one ounce of cannabis (aka marijuana) or growing two plants for personal use.

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Letter to the editor: Vermont must fight for values

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By Dave Silberman



Within days of assuming office, having lost the national popular vote by an historic margin, President Trump rushed to issue unlawful and unconstitutional executive orders banning immigration on the basis of religion and ending the resettlement of refugees suffering from life-threatening religious and political persecution.

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Opinion: Dave Silberman on cannabis legalization, part 3 — How to tax legal cannabis

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
By Dave Silberman



Editor’s note: This is the third of three commentaries on issues surrounding cannabis legalization in Vermont by Dave Silberman, a Middlebury attorney and pro bono legalization advocate. This column focuses on tax policy; the first focused on impaired driving, and the second on edibles; each column can be found online addisonindependent.com.

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Opinion: Dave Silberman on cannabis legalization, part 2 — Edibles promote public safety

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Dave Silberman



Editor’s note: This is the second of three commentaries on issues surrounding cannabis legalization in Vermont by Dave Silberman, a Middlebury attorney and pro bono legalization advocate. This column focuses on edibles; the first focused on impaired driving, and the third will focus on tax policy; each column can be found online addisonindependent.com.

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Opinion: Dave Silberman on cannabis legalization, part 1 — Don't politicize impaired driving

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Dave Silberman



Editor’s note: This is the first of three commentaries on issues surrounding cannabis legalization in Vermont by Dave Silberman, a Middlebury attorney and pro bono legalization advocate. This column focuses on impaired driving; the second on how to deal with “edible products,” and the third on cannabis tax policy. They will run in consecutive issues of the Addison Independent on Page 5.

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Opinion: Sensible pot legislation law needed

Posted on September 26, 2016 |
By Dave Silberman



Having failed to convince the public that our disastrous War on Drugs will find success if we just wait long enough, prohibitionists have frantically switched arguments, and now warn about the supposed evils of “big weed” and “commercialization,” rather than the substance itself. If we legalize cannabis, they say (now), money-hungry corporations will air advertisements on Saturday morning cartoons and hook your kids.

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Opinion: Rise up in support for Ayer

Posted on September 22, 2016 |
By Dave Silberman



I write to enthusiastically support Claire Ayer for re-election to the State Senate for Addison County.

Through my advocacy work in the State House, I’ve observed firsthand how Claire cuts straight through the partisan politics, and works tirelessly to improve Vermonters’ lives. Using her experience as a Registered Nurse, Claire has pushed forward important public health policies that actually work.

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Opinion: Sheldon listens, keeps goal in mind

Posted on July 25, 2016 |
By Dave Silberman



I am proud to support Amy Sheldon’s campaign for re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives.

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