Like many back in the 1980’s I was an early and enthusiastic convert to Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. The taste was, of course, great and the funky flavors & funny names couldn’t be found anywhere else. I was charmed by the light-hearted fun, in fact, joyous aura around the products and the business. Pretty soon it sunk in that this ice cream wasn’t just a tasty, belt-busting treat but also it was made at a cool, decidedly un-corporate enterprise in bucolic Vermont, by real people who shared a lot of my values. Furthermore they were actually eager to espouse their (& my) values. How bizarre & refreshing was that?!
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|By: Jon Walker Thursday May 22, 2014 8:31 am|
Vermont can be added to the ever growing list of states where a majority of people support legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana.
|By: Kit OConnell Friday December 27, 2013 7:00 pm|
The Bread & Puppet Theater turned 50 years old in 2013.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday June 6, 2013 12:00 pm|
Starting next month possession of marijuana will be decriminalized in Vermont. Thursday afternoon Governor Peter Shumlin (D) officially signed into law a bill significantly reducing the penalties for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. The bill, H 200, was approved by large majorities in both the House and the Senate.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday May 14, 2013 2:30 pm|
Vermont is just one small step away from decriminalizing marijuana. On Monday the Vermont House of Representatives gave the final approval to H. 200, sending it to Governor Peter Shumlin (D). Shumlin is a strong supporter of marijuana decriminalization who has been pushing for this change. He is expected to sign the bill.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday May 8, 2013 6:40 pm|
Vermont took another important step towards decriminalizing marijuana. The Vermont Senate overwhelmingly gave final approval to H. 200 in a voice vote. The bill was previously approved by the House but it was amended by the Senate so it will need to return to the House for another vote.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday April 16, 2013 5:14 pm|
Marijuana reform efforts took an important step forward today in Vermont. The state’s House of Representatives gave final approval to a bill that would decriminalize marijuana for adults. The measure, H. 200, passed in a vote of 92 aye to 49 nay.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday February 6, 2013 12:22 pm|
Vermont may soon follow its New England neighbors in decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. A tri-partisan bill has recently been introduced in the state House that would make the penalty for adults caught with less than two ounces of marijuana simply a $100 fine. A similar bill was also introduced in the state Senate but it would set the limit at one ounce.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday December 6, 2012 5:52 am|
This is good news for progressives given that Gov. Shumlin is one of the most liberal Democratic governors in office. He is both strongly pro-choice and pro-marriage equality. Shumlin helped lead the fight for Vermont’s marriage equality law while in the state legislature and was the first sitting governor to preside over a same-sex wedding.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday June 27, 2012 1:20 pm|
One school of thought in progressive circles, if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act, is that this will afford an opportunity to return to the public with a full-throated call for “Medicare for All,” a single-payer system that would use taxes to fund health coverage for all of the country’s citizens, as is done throughout the world. The idea appears to have some traction at the state level, especially in states like Vermont and California that have already considered the idea.