Pot Bill is Signed Into Law
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Pot Bill is Signed Into Law
Posted by CN Staff on June 03, 2011 at 06:11:31 PT
By Thatcher Moats, Vermont Press Bureau
Source: Rutland Herald
Montpelier -- Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday signed into law a bill that allows up to four medical marijuana dispensaries to set up shop in Vermont. The bill passed the Legislature this year amid opposition from some leaders in the state’s law enforcement community, and Vermont is now the eighth state in the country to give registered medical marijuana users a place to get the drug.
Vermont has allowed medical marijuana since 2004 and there are more than 300 people on the state’s registry. The law allows patients or caregivers to grow a limited amount of marijuana, but advocates for the dispensary bill argue it can be difficult to grow marijuana and it’s dangerous to buy it on the black market.Sen. Jeanette White, who chairs the Senate Committee on Government Operations that took extensive testimony on the bill, said the state left medical marijuana users in a tough spot by granting the right to use the drug, but not a reliable way to get it. “We left people in a terrible position where we allow medication for legitimate symptom relief and no way to get it legally, and now we’re providing safe access to a safe product,” White said.Medical marijuana dispensaries won’t crop up immediately. The Vermont Department of Public Safety, which will regulate dispensaries, is in the process of developing rules to carry out the new law, White said. White said it could take six to seven months to develop the rules. The dispensaries law, however, requires the Department of Public Safety to issue four licenses within a year — provided people apply and meet the strict requirements. That provision was added, White said, because of the “possibility someone could say ‘We’re not going to do this,’ and drag the rules out for the next three years.’”But when it comes to getting dispensaries up and running, White said, the Department of Public Safety is “really taking this seriously.”White said she has been communicating with two people interested in setting up dispensaries. A spokeswoman for Shumlin did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Source: Rutland Herald (VT)Author: Thatcher Moats, Vermont Press Bureau Published: June 3, 2011Copyright: 2011 Rutland HeraldContact: letters rutlandherald.comWebsite: http://www.rutlandherald.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by John Tyler on June 05, 2011 at 19:11:04 PT
good vibes
That is wonderful. I am getting good vibes from it just hearing about it and seeing the pictures. I wish you and her the best.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on June 04, 2011 at 09:03:56 PT
Runruff's sister!
What an extraordinary woman. Extraordinary!Your family brought us some extraordinary people, Runruff, including yourself.
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Comment #5 posted by BGreen on June 03, 2011 at 16:35:58 PT
What a wonderful woman!
Man, I'm overwhelmed with emotion. So many of us do nothing but bitch and moan about nothing and then there are people like this.I agree with you, FoM. May every single blessing be bestowed upon her.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on June 03, 2011 at 08:39:20 PT
Runruff for Your Sister
May God bless and keep you always May your wishes all come trueMay you always do for others And let others do for youMay you build a ladder to the stars And climb on every rungMay you stay forever young
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on June 03, 2011 at 08:09:42 PT
You're sister is a Saint. God Bless her and keep her safe. 
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on June 03, 2011 at 07:22:25 PT
One more thing...
Please look at my Dear Sis here....God love her!
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on June 03, 2011 at 07:12:20 PT
Please, if I may?
I want to compare my Dear Sis to Mother Teresa. Check out her web site. She has built more than twenty hospital/school/boarding homes in India for girls with leprosy.Check her out!More-she is buying my book in lots to distribute to her schools to teach Native American History out of it to her thousands of students. Besides her saving so many innocent lives [blessed] my book will become a part of the East Indian culture.-awesome!So, here is my Sis-
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