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Marijuana Policy On The Horizon

Kirk Carapezza

In August, the US Justice Department issued a memo clarifying that it would not sue to block laws in 20 states that legalize marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes. Vermont legalized medical marijuana dispensaries in 2011 and the first dispensaries opened this summer. Governor Peter Shumlin and Health Commissioner Harry Chen have both been on the record saying they're open to fully legalizing marijuana in this state at some point in the future.

We'll talk to Matt Simon, legislative analyst for Marijuana Policy Project, Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn, and Shayne Lynn of the Champlain Valley Dispensary, and State Senator Joe Benning about where Vermont's public policy around marijuana use stands currently...and what it looks like on the horizon.

Post your questions or comments about marijuana policy here or email them to vermontedition@vpr.net

Also on the show, we're introducing a new series called “Dorothy’s List.” Each month, we’ll dive into one of the books that is nominated for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award, and hear from the author and the readers themselves.

And finally, we'll hear about a very special seasonal apple pie baking operation.

Broadcast on VPR Mon 10/07/13 Noon & 7PM