Legalizing pot will change several dynamics in the state
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To the Editor,

Legalized pot brings with it more than just pot for those who are currently using it illegally. That is not the only dynamic that will change.

Are any of these things you want to see in Vermont? More traffic deaths, more ER visits, more psychotic issues, more crime, a jump in homelessness, employers challenged to find workers who are clean even for good paying positions, and jump in the use at soup kitchens and food shelves from out-of-state folks. There’s more cartel influences and black markets and more use among teens.

Check it out for yourself. Download the video, “Marijuana X,” from for $3. It contains interviews with Colorado leaders: the attorney general, police chiefs, doctors, religious leaders, rehab counselors, and others.

You’ll find report after report and chart upon chart revealing the same message.

Marijuana has been tested and shown to impair brain development in MRI image studies at Mass General Hospital along with Harvard. Young peoples’ brains are still developing until they are 25 or older. Who will keep marijuana brownies from being in their refrigerators, and smoke from their living rooms, and even school grounds? Shouldn’t youth have rights to clean air in their own homes?

For many, marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to opioids. Those who use marijuana are more than twice as likely to abuse opiate prescription medications. Do we need more opioid issues in Vermont? Colorado had record high overdoses in 2016 after legalization. We don’t need more opioid deaths. Last year opioid deaths were 112 in Vermont, another new high. We certainly don’t need additional expenses of more drug abuse. Currently 3% of our national GNP goes dealing with opioid issues.

So are you someone who might now stand in opposition to legalized pot in Vermont? Vermonters, wisdom says learn from someone else’s bad choices. Are you opposed? Are you willing to help? Find people/children to participate in a say no to legalized pot poster contest. For registration information contact

If you’d be willing to help put up posters in public places in your community also reply to If you’d be willing to arrange a public showing of “Marijuana X” in your community library or other setting, contact

Act now. Your voice matters. You can make a difference. Vermonters, keep a clear head. Say no to pot in Vermont.

Martha Hafner

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