Chilling Out on Gifted Weed In The Roasting Sun
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Chilling Out on Gifted Weed In The Roasting Sun
Posted by CN Staff on July 02, 2018 at 07:08:25 PT
By Nicole Higgins DeSmet, Burlington Free Press
Source: Burlington Free Press 
Johnson, Vermont -- It was sweltering hot on Sunday in Lamoille County, but the free weed gifted by cultivation consultants at the legalization celebration kept things upbeat and chill. "I'm here for the brotherhood. People having a good time and enjoying each other’s company," volunteer Chris Benoit said as he stood at the parking entrance. It was just about noon and 94 degrees as he was finishing his shift.
A quarter mile of relatively cool, leafy trail led to a clearing at Willow Crossing Farm, where vendors were arranged around a stage in what looked like a weed-centric farmers market. Monica Donovan co-founder of Heady Vermont, a weed advocacy group, said the group has been planning the event for six months, since the day Gov. Phil Scott signed the bill to legalize personal use of marijuana. Adults over age 21 will be able to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana, two mature marijuana plants and four immature plants. There is no legal mechanism for purchasing marijuana. "Maybe a year from now we will be celebrating the legalization of cannabis retail," Donovan said. She and Eli Harrington have hosted a series of events aimed at boosting local businesses and destigmatizing weed.But at least one attendee wanted Vermont to stay out of the retail arena. Monroe Brook, a sustainable farmer with land across from the party venue on Vermont 15, said the current law is enough."Small is beautiful," Brook said using a phrase he said was well-known in the 1960s. He was concerned about the impact of industrial marijuana on the environment and on workers.Supply and DemandVendor-entrepreneurs were alert, if sweaty, as the first few hundred guests trooped into the Legalization Celebration. At least a half-dozen were hoping for a toe-hold on the burgeoning market for expert consultants, offering to aid those attempting to grow some bud their own. Some consultants were gifting small buds and single marijuana cigarettes with the purchase of a raffle ticket or another product, such as CBD oil."I'll talk to anyone for free, and if they want to tip me afterwards, that's great," Lorin Royer, of Eden, the owner of Dirty Boys cultivation said. Royer was selling t-shirts and hats with his brand's logo. His $3 raffle tickets offered the prize of a specialist consultation for new growers which came with a free marijuana plant.Royer handed out little swag packets of weed with his logo and business card as a gift.The festival was keeping things within the legal parameters of the law. There were no sales of weed, but plenty of people were lighting up. Wafts of smoke trailed by in the light breeze which occasionally broke through the humid air.Lamoille County Sheriff Roger Marcoux was present when the celebration kicked off. Marcoux said that he took a walk around, but they have no intention of interfering with the well-organized party."We're just keeping the roads safe and clear in case there is a need for an ambulance," Marcoux said.The organizers ordered a 4,000 gallon water truck and had a volunteer nurse, Mary Ladeaillade, on stand-by who said she was fully prepped.In the next booth, Jessilyn Dolan, a nurse who founded the Vermont Cannabis Nurses Association, fought the heat in a bikini as she fielded questions about her consultation services. She was thrilled that the FDA had legalized CBD to treat epilepsy on June 25."We're getting back to plant medicine," Dolan said as live music by began playing at about 1:30 p.m.Heady Vermont co-founder Eli Harrington joined the band HoneyTwist on stage taking the lead to perform a cover from Cypress Hill."Jump along, take hits from the bong," Harrington rapped receiving hoots of approval from audience members who were still clinging to the vendor's booths.The party was just getting started. Source: Burlington Free Press (VT) Author: Nicole Higgins DeSmet, Burlington Free PressPublished: July 2, 2018Copyright: 2018 Burlington Free Press Contact: letters Website: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on July 02, 2018 at 20:28:06 PT
Good news!
Parents who let son smoke marijuana for seizures regain custody
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on July 02, 2018 at 20:14:25 PT
The GCW is right.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on July 02, 2018 at 16:22:57 PT
I sure hope this is a good article. 
Just the title made me to read it now. Read it."Small is beautiful,"?I don't remember that particularly. But somewhere, I'm sure. Everything was some kind of beautiful.Over a period of years, it perhaps got a bit overused so that the Bard wrote a smarmy, snide song about it. It sounded smarmy and snide to me. Most of The Basement Tapes did, for that matter. I guess that was his smarmy and snide period. I still love him and his whacky wonderful music and self.This article is lovely. Congratulations, Vermont! I am truly so happy for you, the people of Vermont. Congratulations!And thinking still about small is beautiful. He may be right. Vermont is a small place maybe they wouldn't benefit from ultra big business being the top of the dogpile. They can try it this way. It sounds good. It sounds freaking wonderful!
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on July 02, 2018 at 11:10:43 PT
Ambulance and nurse on the ready is a good idea; it WAS 94°...My limit is 80°°°Extreme heat is dangerous especially for older folks.
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on July 02, 2018 at 07:47:34 PT
Nurse, Ambulance?
Adding insult to injury!Unbelievable!Reefer madness 4.0!
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