In response to Williston Barracks / Negligent Operation 94/55 zone- I89 Safety Corridor by Vermont State Police press release issued by Corporal Andrew Leise. Your press release was rude and uncalled for the way you treated my brother when you stopped him was wrong. He’s never done anything wrong besides speed. He was late to his job from spending the night at a friends house. You profiling him and saying that you did him a favor by not writing him a ticket but instead issuing a press release to the news is unacceptable in my book. You could have very well made him lose his job. My Brother Kaleb is a good kid at heart just trying to make ends meet by working 3 job’s and living with family sleeping underneath his 14 year old sisters bed. Anyone that is friends or family of Kaleb is welcome to come to his court date for his support on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 at 8:15 AM at the Edward J Costello Courthouse 32 Cherry St in Burlington, VT 05401
Much Love One Love,
Jakob Alexander McElwain
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- So many CBD choices…
Much has been written about cannabidiol. Is it a miracle cure for all ailments? Snake oil? Something in-between?
That’s all well and good. But there’s a more important question that should be asked first when evaluating a CBD product: Is there any CBD in it at all?
The folks over at NBC Boston decided to find out.
“We bought 10 products at random from stores around the Boston area, from oils and tinctures to CBD-infused lollipops and gummy bears,” reports Ally Donnelly. “We went to high-end boutiques and smoke shops; corner stores and gas stations.”
This isn’t your run-of-the-mill taste test. The station sent the stuff for testing at MCR Labs in Framingham, Mass., which returned some interesting results. Three products had the same amount of CBD as advertised, according to the lab. But one container of sour gummies, which claimed to contain 10 milligrams of CBD in each gummy, varied from 11 in one to 42 in another. That’s quite a range.
Here’s my personal favorite:
Gummy worms with the marking “Super Chill Products” cost us $10 a bag and advertised 100 milligrams in each worm, but the lab said they don’t have any CBD at all. We wanted a response from the company, but couldn’t find contact information on the package or online. The owner of the store where we bought them did not respond to multiple messages.
This isn’t an issue in Massachusetts alone. Seven Days reported in 2017 that Phytoscience Institute, a lab in Waterbury, did its own testing of CBD products from local and out-of-state companies. From that story:
Of the nine Vermont products tested, only one was accurately labeled. Five had less CBD than promised, and three offered no information at all. The results indicate that producers in Vermont’s relatively new CBD industry are still working out the kinks — and that testing is needed.
Reminder, folks: Whether it’s a product with CBD in it, a protein shake or a newspaper, buy it from a source you trust!
Here are some other stories we followed this week:
May 18: There were more than double the number of vendors at this year’s Vermont Cannabis & Hemp convention compared to last year. And some of those attending weren’t thrilled by the state’s stalled bill to tax and regulate cannabis. [Emily Corwin, Vermont Public Radio]
May 20: New York City Councilor Jumaane Williams writes in an op-ed that he’s never smoked weed, despite spending much of his life “fitting the stereotype: a young black Caribbean man from Brooklyn with locs on his head and hip-hop in his ears.” Instead, he sold pot while in high school and now wants to decriminalize it, among other social justice measures surrounding cannabis. [Jumaane Williams, New York Daily News]
May 22: With weed legalization comes a “where-to-smoke?” dilemma for some. That includes hotel guests. Most states have banned smoking in public and even cannabis-smoking lounges. Is that beginning to change? [Bruce Kennedy, Leafly]
May 23: Maine has released its proposed recreational cannabis rules. About 100 people turned out to a Thursday meeting in Portland to weigh in on everything from prices to a proposal that a weed business applicant must have lived in Maine for at least four years. [Penelope Overton, Portland Press Herald]
May 23: Massachusetts regulators have OK’d the first sale of a cannabis company to another. The approval was delayed because of concerns that big weed companies are trying to find ownership loopholes to avoid state-imposed caps on certain licenses. [Shira Schoenberg, MassLive]
May 22: Check out some pics from last weekend’s Vermont Cannabis & Hemp Convention. [Heady Vermont]
May 23: A new study found that couples who use weed experience a spike in “intimacy events” during a two-hour window after consuming cannabis. And no, it’s not all sex. [Hannah Sparks, New York Post]
May 23: Retired NFL player Chris Long says he smoked his “fair share” of weed during his 11-year playing career, and he thinks the league’s testing policy is “arbitrary” and “kind of silly.” [Matt Bonesteel, the Washington Post]
he uses it for her arthritis.
BILLY BINION | 5.21.2019 12:21 PM
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Disney World—where kiddie coasters, cartoon royalty, and overpriced food options abound—is colloquially known as “The Happiest Place on Earth.”
Hester Burkhalter would likely disagree. The 69-year-old great-grandmother was arrested outside of Magic Kingdom and spent 12 hours in jail last month after security officials found CBD—short for cannabidiol—oil in her purse. The compound is derived from cannabis but does not contain the psychoactive component, THC, found in marijuana.
In other words, it can’t get you high. But it supposedly can alleviate a plethora of medical conditions, including joint pain and anxiety.
“I have really bad arthritis in my legs, in my arms and in my shoulder,” Burkhalter tellsOrlando’s local Fox affiliate. “I use [CBD oil] for the pain because it helps.” She reportedly had a doctor’s note in her purse when security officials flagged her, but law enforcement detained her regardless.
While the charges have been dropped, Burkhalter’s attorney, Ben Crump, says he plans to sue Disney and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on her behalf, alleging “illegal detention, false arrest and a violation of her civil rights,” WESH 2 reports.
Her misfortune sheds light on the murky legal territory surrounding CBD use, as regulations often conflict and as people increasingly flout local restrictions on the harmless substance. The Farm Bill—signed by President Trump in 2018—legalized hemp and CBD at the federal level. In Florida, it remains illegal without a prescription, although CBD-infused cocktails and shops selling the compound continue to pop up across the Sunshine State.
“Today in Orlando, we were able to go into the store and buy CBD,” said Crump—who also represented Trayvon Martin’s family—at a press conference last week. “It’s all over Orlando. It’s all over Florida.”
CBD use remains a point of contention even in places that have legalized marijuana. In California—where cannabis use is permitted both medically and recreationally—public health officials seized $140,000 worth of CBD-infused drinks from Vybes beverages.
That same cognitive dissonance is alive and well in Florida. “A little drop of oil, with the CBD, is a felony,” Jennifer Synnamon, a Florida attorney, told the local Fox affiliate. “Meanwhile, you can have up to 19.9 grams of leaf-marijuana, and it’s a first-degree misdemeanor.”
Kid Rock is getting his own giant middle finger sculpture from Vermont "It’s quite a thrill for me, honestly."
“It’s quite a thrill for me, honestly.”
Ted Pelkey’s middle finger sculpture being installed at his home in Westford, Vermont. –Courtesy of Ted Pelkey
Ted Pelkey’s giant middle finger sculpture apparently has fans beyond Vermont’s Route 128. And the Westford resident’s work of “art” will soon have a twin in Nashville.
Pelkey says he’s driving down to Tennessee with his wife later this month to hand-deliver a second version of his 700-pound wooden sculpture to singer Kid Rock. As WCAX first reported last week, the country music star called the 54-year-old Vermont native in December to express his admiration — and to ask if he could get his own middle finger sculpture.
“It’s quite a thrill for me, honestly,” Pelkey told Boston.com over the phone Wednesday. “He just really wants one.”
Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, has made the crude gesture something of his personal signature through his personal appearances, song lyrics, merchandise, and album art. Pelkey said he first got a voicemail from Rock around Christmas, in which the 48-year-old singer said he “liked my style.” Despite recent controversies, Pelkey noted that Rock came off as a real “down-to-earth guy” during their phone calls.
“I would do it for him if it wasn’t Kid Rock,” he added.
Pelkey had the original sculpture commissioned in November to protest Westford town officials, who he felt were treating him unfairly in a dispute over his efforts to build a garage on his property. He paid a local artist for the massive middle finger sculpture, which he mounted on a 16-foot platform in his yard and lit with floodlights. Considered a work of “public art” under Vermont law, the giant bird was allowed to stay up, catching the attention of both Route 128 drivers and nationalnews outlets.
“It was critical to me to make sure that my neighbors and the people who live in this town understood that I didn’t put that up there for them,” Pelkey told Boston.com at the time. “It is aimed directly at the people who sit in our town office.”
Rock is paying $4,000 — the same amount that Pelkey paid — for the second sculpture. Pelkey says he recently picked up Rock’s sculpture from the same artist who commissioned the original and is looking forward to hauling it down to the singer’s Nashville home. According to the Tennessean, Rock owns 170 acres of property in the city’s Whites Creek neighborhood.
The second sculpture won’t be the first crass display Rock has put up in Nashville, even if it will be somewhat hidden in the city’s outskirts. Earlier this year, Nashville’s Metro Council reluctantly approved a 20-foot sign outside the rock star’s new Broadway restaurant, Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse, that featured a giant guitar that was intentionally made to look like a woman’s butt.
By TED SCHAFT
First, pro-legalization does not equate with pro-use. It’s a matter of responsibility, personal freedom and no victims.
Right now the state of Vermont is in the middle of an experiment concerning mostly unregulated marijuana use and it doesn’t even know it. It became legal July 1 to possess an ounce and grow some plants. After listening to VPR about the upcoming legislative agenda concerning new marijuana laws, I was surprised that no caller or panelist mentioned this. It is a foregone conclusion that the state will create a new bureaucracy to deal with the supposed increase in use and abuse. So this begs the question “What has happened in the last six months concerning marijuana?” It seems to me the answer is ……nothing. There has been no evidence of an uptick in use, abuse or the other predictions of marijuana smoke pouring out of high school windows (the smoke pouring out is vapor) and cars flying off the roads and into other cars willy-nilly.
It is nearly impossible to get the facts. The Office of National Drug Control Policy is statutorily mandated to oppose legalization by any means necessary. Any report issued by the ONDCP will cherry pick or slant the facts to support its mandate. The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area has the same predisposition that legalization is a bad idea and has highlighted problems while suppressing any of the benefits of legalization. The propaganda wars started when the police announced all drug seeking dogs would have to be euthanized because they couldn’t be untrained.
The hope is that the state will delay any action to create a new $20+million bureaucracy to regulate marijuana or set up a market place, whose expense can’t be covered by taxes. Let the experiment continue for at least another year. There is no need to find another solution in search of a problem at this time.
Marijuana Lifer Calvin Robinson: ‘I Never Bought Any Drugs, I Never Sold Any Drugs And I Don’t Even Smoke Marijuana … This Was A Set Up’
Jul 20, 2018
Calvin Robinson’s 30 year prison anniversary was a few weeks ago, but he should have been released before he had to celebrate it.
The 76 year-old marijuana offender’s application for compassionate release has been approved, but because of the endless bureaucracy of the prison system, he hasn’t heard anything more about it in the last six months.
“I was told that it was already approved, and that it was on the judge’s desk waiting for signing back in January of this year, so it hasn’t gone anywhere yet. I’ve been told over and over again that this takes years,” he told Civilized during a 15 minute phone call from USP Victorville in California.
But Robinson doesn’t have years to wait. He has cancer in his lymph nodes that was left untreated, among many other health concerns. Time is running out.
“This was a set up”
Robinson’s story is one that wouldn’t be out of place on a true crime podcast like ‘Serial.’ The story has everything: a DEA set up in international waters, a man who says he is innocent, and a conspiracy case that landed him in prison for life without the possibility of parole.
According to the government, Robinson was a career criminal whom they finally took down in the largest hashish and marijuana seizure in United States history. The 56 tons of cannabis were allegedly worth over $160 million.
According to Robinson, though, it was a straight set up. He was hired to take supplies offshore to two survey vessels with his tugboat and barge. He was towing the barge half a kilometer behind him, and he had no idea that there were 13 tons of marijuana and 43 tons of hashish in the ballast tanks when he was on his way back.
“This was a 500 ton barge and 56 tons put it down about two inches in the water,” he said. “You couldn’t tell there was anything on it. This was a set up, a straight up set up.”
He was charged with conspiracy to import marijuana, even though he argues that he never left the state of California.
And as if his case weren’t tough enough, his lawyer died right before he went to trial, and he wasn’t allowed to find a new one.
“I was angry, very angry,” he said. “And all I could do was just plead not guilty and do the very best I could.”
One thing after another went wrong in his trial and the rest is history.
“Everything happens for a reason”
Robinson doesn’t fit the typical criminal profile. He’s a senior citizen, wheelchair bound and highly religious. He says his faith has helped him survive prison for as long as he has.
“I believe in the Almighty and I believe that everything happens for a reason,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve grown a lot, and I still got hope of overturning this. And I’ve got a hope of seeing my family again.”
But just because he has been able to cope with his incarceration doesn’t mean he’s accepted it, especially since the substance that he was unknowingly towing back to shore was cannabis.
“I think it was wrong to even ban cannabis to start with,” he said. “I don’t think that was right, and I believe that the almighty made it for the benefit of all people. That’s the bottom line.”
That said, that doesn’t mean that he was ever involved in drugs at all, he says.
“I’ve never bought any drugs, and I’ve never sold any drugs and I don’t even smoke marijuana,” said Robinson. “And it’s just … it’s like a black hole.”