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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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Opinion: One candidate backs legal pot

Posted on July 14, 2016 |
By Dave Silberman



While Vermont will not be joining Massachusetts, Maine and California in allowing the people to vote directly on marijuana legalization via ballot initiatives this fall, legalization is — indirectly — on the ballot in our upcoming August 9 primary, in the form of the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.  

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Opinion: It's time for Vermont to take action on pot legalization bill

Posted on April 21, 2016 |
By Dave Silberman



In his April 14 column titled “It makes sense to go slow on pot bill,” Eric L. Davis makes several critical errors of fact and logic.

First, Davis claims that there has been evidence of an increase in underage marijuana use in Colorado following legalization. This is incorrect. Two comprehensive surveys of marijuana use have been conducted (including one by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), and neither found a statistically significant change in Colorado’s underage use rates following legalization.

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