Pubdate: Fri, 05 Feb 2016
Source: Times Argus (Barre, VT)
Copyright: 2016 Times Argus
Author: Sanford Johnson


I understand from news sources that the Legislature is about to pass 
legislation to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Why?

For years we have campaigned that smoking is bad for our health, now 
our legislators want to promote smoking, all for raising more tax 
revenue. They have listened to testimony from the medical community, 
law enforcement and others who have testified against legalization of 
marijuana, yet they are posed to pass it anyway.

I look at our representatives and think, do they really care about 
the citizens of Vermont or is it all about tax revenue. They don't 
seem to be able to develop a budget and live within it. They're 
always looking to raise more revenue, many times raising our taxes 
rather than not passing higher and higher budgets or passing laws 
that require the cities and towns to increase their tax rates to pay 
for programs that the Legislature enacts.

Is there any common sense in the State House on this issue?

Sanford Johnson

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