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2/17 Saturday Quote!


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I made it a rule to forbear all direct contradictions to the sentiments of others, and all positive assertion of my own. I even forbade myself the use of every word or expression in the language that imported a fixed opinion, such as “certainly”, “undoubtedly”, etc. I adopted instead of them “I conceive”, “I apprehend”, or “I imagine” a thing to be so or so; or “so it appears to me at present”. When another asserted something that I thought an error, I denied myself the pleasure of contradicting him abruptly, and of showing him immediately some absurdity in his proposition. In answering I began by observing that in certain cases or circumstances his opinion would be right, but in the present case there appeared or seemed to me some difference, etc. I soon found the advantage of this change in my manner; the conversations I engaged in went on more pleasantly. The modest way in which I proposed my opinions procured them a readier reception and less contradiction. I had less mortification when I was found to be in the wrong, and I more easily prevailed with others to give up their mistakes and join with me when I happened to be in the right.

~ The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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Vermont: HIGH in the Green Mountains!


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Vermont is one of the most beautiful states of New England.  It’s boarded between New Hampshire, New York, and Massachusetts.  I studied game design and production for a few years over at Champlain College (located in Burlington) and it was an amazing state to live in.

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Many of my Friday and Saturday nights in Burlington consisted of partying, hanging out with amazing friends, bar hopping, and consuming some incredible cannabis.  Burlington is a very college-oriented type of town; despite having no legal cannabis shops available to the public, there were many smoke shops that had a wide variety of accessories.  Cannabis was very easy to get when I was living in Burlington (not because I was in COLLEGE, but because of the college influence around the town!).

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Even still, Vermont has never shied away from the 4/20-friendly party.  Burlington has very relaxed cannabis laws and the city has always ranked as one of the top safest cities of America.  In fact, Burlington’s popularity has become the main influence for Vermont’s latest political PR tactic.

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As of January 22nd, 2018, Vermont officially became the NINTH state to legalize recreational cannabis use for adults.  Vermont also became the first state to legalize through a state legislative.

Before we continue this PR miracle, let me just first say…CONGRATULATIONS VERMONT!  I’m SO excited about my college state legalizing recreational cannabis use.  It’s definitely going to be LIT on the GREEN MOUNTAIN STATE here in New England! #420BlazeItVermont.

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Moving on – Governor Phil Scott signed the bill yesterday.  Vermont’s new law will take effect on July 1st (same date when recreational dispensaries open in MA!).

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Now here’s where things get complicated – Vermont has some of the tightest restrictions in the nation.  Adults may purchase up to one ounce of cannabis (~28 grams); they can also purchase up to five grams of hashish as well.  Even with the new law taking effect, you still cannot buy or sell any cannabis in the state.

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What we are left with is the ‘water water everywhere and not a drop to drink’ scenario.  Cannabis would be legal everywhere, yet not a flower to smoke.  There aren’t any legal dispensaries open nor are they any legal ways to get cannabis.  Either way, this confusing scenario won’t stop college kids in Burlington from getting their legal weed (#BrokeInBurlington).

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While I’m very excited with Vermont’s progressive move, there’s still roadblocks present that leave people more perplexed than ever.  You are legally able to consume cannabis, BUT there’s no where or way to purchase it legally.  There’s still work that needs to be done in order to established a better system.  It’ll be a while before you can purchase a pre-roll of Blue Dream for your adventures in Lake Champlain.

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This is a very exciting time for the state of Vermont! I am amazed to hear about the green mountain state legalizing cannabis yesterday.  While studying (and PARTYING!) at Champlain College, I’ve found Vermont to be a little more liberal in their political stances.  Vermonters are big advocates for same-sex marriage, environmental protection, legalization of cannabis, and many other provocative issues.

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Six years and nine states later, the sky STILL hasn’t fallen yet.  Cannabis legalization has been doing more good for the community and continues to modify nation each year.  Vermont will be growing much more, both in popularity and publicity, now that cannabis legalization will be in full force.

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2018 is looking brighter than ever for the cannabis community.  Massachusetts, Maine, and now Vermont are joining the 420 bandwagons.  New Hampshire and New York are in danger of losing their dedicated audiences due to the trending paradigms.

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Congratulations to Vermont for going to pot!  There’s sure to be some more action happening at the green mountain state.

12/29 TGIF Quote!


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On this point we want to be perfectly clear: socialism has nothing to do with equalizing. Socialism cannot ensure conditions of life and consumption in accordance with the principle ‘From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.’ This will be under communism. Socialism has a different criterion for distributing social benefits: ‘From each according to his ability, to each according to his work.’

~ Mikhail Gorbachev, Perestroika

12/28 Thirsty Thursday Quote!


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Behind all the political rhetoric being hurled at us from abroad, we are bringing home one unassailable fact — [terrorism is] a crime by any civilized standard, committed against innocent people, away from the scene of political conflict, and must be dealt with as a crime. . . . [I]n our recognition of the nature of terrorism as a crime lies our best hope of dealing with it. . . . [L]et us use the tools that we have. Let us invoke the cooperation we have the right to expect around the world, and with that cooperation let us shrink the dark and dank areas of sanctuary until these cowardly marauders are held to answer as criminals in an open and public trial for the crimes they have committed, and receive the punishment they so richly deserve.

~ William H. Webster October 15th, 1985