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Vermont legalized medical marijuana in 2004.  Now, some legislative committees are taking testimony on the controversial idea of legalizing recreational marijuana.  But there is considerable doubt whether the Legislature will actually approve a bill this session. 

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A small but growing number of patients have been receiving medical marijuana since New York recently launched one of the strictest programs in the country.

State police say a 22-year-old upstate New York man picked the wrong parking spot to smoke marijuana.

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The University of Vermont medical school is offering what is believed to be one of the nation's first full courses in the science of using marijuana as medicine.

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The Vermont Senate Committee on Government Operations took testimony today on possible legalization of recreational marijuana.

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New York has broadened a ban on synthetic marijuana to keep up with drug makers who create new chemical recipes to evade the existing law.

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The New York Department of Health today named the five companies granted licenses to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana across the state. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, several have strong ties to our region.

  The legalization of marijuana is the next great reversal of history. Perhaps the most demonized substance in America, scientifically known as Cannabis sativa, simply a very fast growing herb, thrived underground as the nation's most popular illegal drug.

Now the tide has shifted: In 1996 California passed the nation's first medical marijuana law, which allowed patients to grow it and use it with a doctor's permission. By 2010, twenty states and the District of Columbia had adopted medical pot laws. In 2012 Colorado and Washington state passed ballot measures legalizing marijuana for adults age 21 and older.

Bruce Barcott, a former Guggenheim Fellow in nonfiction, is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, the Atlantic Monthly, Outside magazine, and many other publications. His book is Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America.

3/11/15 Panel

Mar 11, 2015

    

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Time Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Scheduled topics include: Hillary Clinton on private email use and Iran letter; City Manager of Ferguson, MI resigns; "Blurred Lines” Decision; Federal Medical Marijuana Law.

2/26/15 Panel

Feb 26, 2015

    

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and WAMC newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include: Tensions between the White House and Benjamin Netanyahu; Brooklyn plot to aid ISIS; DHS Funding Update; marijuana in D.C.

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A nine-member delegation that includes law enforcement officials, drug treatment experts, marijuana supporters and detractors left Vermont to travel to Colorado Sunday. They are gathering information on that state's experience with marijuana legalization.   They talked about their expectations just before they boarded their plane on Sunday.

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A new study says legalizing marijuana in Vermont could produce millions in tax revenue if no other nearby states also allow it.

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Backers of a move to tax and regulate marijuana say they would like to see the state of Vermont treat it like alcohol.

12/19/14 Panel

Dec 19, 2014

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, and WAMC News Director, Ian Pickus.

Topics include Cuba, Pot Laws, Secret Service Shortage, and Colbert Report Finishes.

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During the spring session, the Vermont Legislature required the Shumlin administration to report to it by January 15 on the issues surrounding legalization of marijuana. A statewide public hearing was held Wednesday on the report that is being drafted.

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The state of Vermont will host a hearing on the possible legalization of marijuana.

10/22/14 Panel

Oct 22, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Ben Bradlee
Marijuana
Cybersecurity and iCloud in China
CIA on Panetta
Ukraine Economy
Renee Zellweger

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More than 30 law enforcement agencies in New York, Illinois and California are splitting nearly $9 million in assets seized when authorities busted a cross-country marijuana ring involving buried gold and a former world mountain biking champion.

Federal attorneys in Albany say 33 agencies have received more than $8.9 million of the $12.5 million in assets seized when the pot ring was taken down by authorities in 2009. The rest of the assets went to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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The Princeton Review, an online magazine that assesses and ranks colleges, has scored Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs as the number one college for marijuana use in the country. The college questions the organization’s research. But what do the students think?

7/14/14 Panel

Jul 14, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Political Consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
Elusive Cease-Fire
Iraq Stalemate
Immigration Politics
DEA Pot Fight
World Cup Over

7/8/14 Panel

Jul 8, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and Political Consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
Pope meets with Abused
Afghan Vote Fraud
Pot Legalization
Abortion Buffer Zones
Chicago Killings
TU Stories

6/20/14 Panel

Jun 20, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Managing Editor, Mike Spain and WAMC Newsman Ray Graf.

Topics include:
Military Advisers to Iraq
Medical Marijuana Deal
McCarthy In
Wisconsin Gov
Rangel Poll

5/28/14 Panel

May 28, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and University at Albany Journalism Professor and investigative reporter Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Albany Bear
President Obama’s West Point address
Holder - Reporter Leaks
NY Assembly Backs Use of Marijuana for Illnesses
Joe Bruno returns to public life

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The Shumlin administration is preparing to launch a study of what marijuana legalization might look like in Vermont.

    

  Roger Roffman first discovered marijuana while serving as a US Army officer in Vietnam. From these seemingly innocuous beginnings, Roffman has been fascinated by marijuana, as a researcher, scholar, therapist, activist, and user.

Ever since America’s youth first marched in opposition to the war in Vietnam, pot’s popularity has periodically ebbed and surged. Calls for greater, fewer, or no marijuana penalties also have swung on their own pendulum.

He writes about his experiences in Marijuana Nation: One Man's Chronicle of America Getting High: From Vietnam to Legalization.

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The Vermont House has passed a measure calling for a study of marijuana legalization, while a Senate committee looks at cracking down on drivers impaired by drugs.

3/3/14 Panel

Mar 3, 2014

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
Ukraine
Oligarchs
Venezuela
SCOTUS IQ
CA Pot Plan

1/6/14 Panel

Jan 6, 2014

    Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post and WAMC newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include:
NY Marijuana
Iraq - US
Gun Journalist
Vatican on Pope's Gay Remarks
Jobless Benefits

Legalized marijuana, Edward Snowden and the salary scale for journalists were all on your mind this week, as we hear in highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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Vermont's fourth medical marijuana dispensary is a go for Brattleboro.

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