Welcome to VTNORML.org!

Thanks to Hardy for designing the new, snow-covered banner for our site!This website will now be doing some growing and changing as an evolutionary proccess of the concentrated efforts of the whole group of members, with our new PHP-Nuke Web-Portal System.

There will also be a forum system soon, which I will set up when I get a chance.
I’m now in two bands, and also have a full-time job at an ISP.

So, if you haven’t yet … Sign up, and start posting!

.: Jeff :.

 

Two years for smuggling $100 million or $25 years for smuggling hashish?

Peter Freynes makes an interesting comparison of the maximum jail term of 2 years for Bill Boettcher who oversaw a financial scandal of almost $100 million at the Flether Allen Hospital, to Billy Greer who was sentenced to more to 25 years for hashish smuggling…

 

UVM pays two students $15,000 arrested at UVM-420 rally

The University of Vermont has agreed to pay $7,500 each to two students who were arrested at a campus rally last spring in support of legalizing marijuana.

 

MPP launches patient assistance program and new Web site

Vermont Marijuana Policy Project launched a new website, and has announced that it is giving away aid to help medical marijuana patients pay the licensing fees.

 

Supremes rule that cops can use drug dogs in traffic stops.

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday, in Illinois vs. Caballes, that police do not need reasonable suspicion to use drug dogs to sniff a vehicle during a legitimate traffic stop.

 

Sears: State can’t afford corrections Questions jump in budget

hardy writes “”Sears and others on the committee wondered whether the heightened numbers of people detained while awaiting trial, the increased emphasis on drug crimes and the imposition of stiffer penalties was putting too much pressure on an overburdened system” “

 

VT Industrial Hemp Report – 1996

Alternative Agricultural Strategies in Vermont: The Case of Industrial Hemp Abstract
Industrial hemp as a potential economic crop has raised a number of public interest and policy issues in Vermont and many other states. This study is motivated by the need for information on public attitudes toward industrial hemp and sociodemographic factors that determine the differences in such attitudes among individuals. Based on the data collected from a random sample survey, this study suggests that there is support in Vermont for industrial hemp production, and there is a potential market for hemp based products. Logit analysis indicates that many Vermonters support legalization of industrial hemp production for reasons such as increase in farm profitability, reduction in use of chemicals in agriculture, increasing job opportunities, and reduced prices of hemp products. Attitudes toward industrial hemp are also determined by a host of sociodemographic factors such as age and gender.

 

* 2004: The Year In Review NORML’s Top Ten Events That Shaped Marijuana Policy

#1: Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments On Whether Feds Can Prosecute Medical Marijuana Patients The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in late November to determine whether patients who use marijuana in compliance with state laws are constitutionally protected from federal arrest and prosecution. “If our Constitution means anything, it should mean that ‘the war on drugs’ cannot be made to be a war on the quality of life of the chronically or terminally ill,” NORML stated in an amicus curaie filed with the Court on behalf of the respondents, patients Angel Raich and Diane Monson. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the case by March 2005.

NORML: Reefer Resolutions for 2005

Hello NORML supporters!As many NORML supporters may already know by now on the first day of 2005 I assumed the leadership position at NORML as executive director.

Thanks to all the many citizens, lawyers and especially activists who’ve provided me the education, spiritual support and trust to lead NORML after the retirement of my friend and mentor Keith Stroup. While you’ll be regularly hearing from me in the future I want to briefly apprise you of FIVE important projects and new directions I’m pursuing to advance and hopefully hasten cannabis law reform in the United States:…

 

High security schools?

When I was in high school 30 years ago we used to joke about it being like a minimum security prison. After reading about Fair Haven High School’s desire to impose random drug testing on its students, I would say that this characterization is no longer just a joke.Just like prisoners have to be in prison, students have to be in high school by law; and, just like in prison, they will be forced to urinate in a jar?

What kind of message is that? Like so many other practices now being used by the authorities, this practice does not solve any problems, it only creates resentment.

Every day our freedoms become more limited because some people want to force their fears on us so that they can fool themselves into believing that they are safe. I hope the students and faculty resist this invasion of student privacy.
RON JACOBS
Burlington