Matt Dunne on Drugs
Legalize marijuana quickly; prohibition hasn't worked
Q: Would you eliminate penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults? Will you support creating a reasonable system for regulating and taxing marijuana production and sales in Vermont?
Will you support allowing adults to grow a limited amount of marijuana for their own personal use?
Former State Sen. Matt Dunne (D-Hartland) responded yes to all three MPP survey questions. "I actually believe that we need to move forward with the
legalization of marijuana, because I don't know anyone who thinks that prohibition has actually worked," Dunne said on Vermont Public Radio in June. "In fact,
I think we need to move relatively quickly, so that we're not having to react to other states that, as I understand it, are planning on putting this issue on a referendum."
Source: MPP.org Voter Guide on 2016 Vermont Governor primary race
, Sep 9, 2016
Create a trusted Vermont brand of legalized marijuana
We need to craft our own policies before other surrounding states legalize marijuana so we can do it the Vermont way. To keep Vermonters safe, we must insist on clear, stringent labeling of marijuana products and organic/GMO certification.
And if we do this right and act quickly, we have the opportunity to set the standard for legalization across the country and allow Vermont farmers and entrepreneurs to benefit from establishing a trusted Vermont brand.
A strong Marijuana policy will achieve the following:
Source: 2016 Vermont gubernatorial campaign website MattDunne.com
, Mar 3, 2016
- Undercut the criminal market.
- Better control youth access.
- Create a system of tested and labeled products.
- Generate revenue that can be used for prevention, treatment and education.
Reduce an adversarial relationship between law enforcement and marijuana users.
- Better to put a controlled system in place now than have to respond after voter referenda result in reform in other states like Maine and Massachusetts.
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