Saturday, November 19, 2016

Marijuana aroma leads to charge

A Springfield homeowner is facing a felony charge after nearby preschool workers told police they could smell "an overwhelming odor of marijuana.

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  1. Reading this story, I see a lot of jail time in this guy's future...

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    1. Nahh the court will slap him on the wrist and suggest he goes to counseling. He'll be high on his porch that night after court.

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  2. This is disgusting, our good old Vermont justice system has come through again. A convicted felon with a "decades old record" and weapons and drugs in the house is "released on conditions". As I have stated many times on this forum, our current justice system and politicians are totally out of touch with the needs of VT citizens. This just gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling about the people being allowed to freely roam our town. I am sick and tired of the revolving door: the cops bring these people in and the courts promptly put them back out on the street again to continue their mayhem.

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  3. Amen 10:26

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  4. Time for Habitual Offender laws. Three misdemenors becomes a felony, three felonies becomes life in prison. Most other states have them, and they work. (And now, for the bleeding heart, touchy-feely response.)

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    1. See what happens when you keep sending liberals and progressives to Montpelier? As long as that happens, nothing is going to change.

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    2. chuck gregory11/21/16, 1:39 PM

      I am amazed at how people like you keep beating your head against a wall rather than work for a solution. IF marijuana were legal; IF its production and quality were controlled by the government (like alcoholic products); IF its distribution were controlled tightly by the state (like alcohol and tobacco products); IF advertising were forbidden; and IF the private sector were not allowed to maximize their profits by engaging in the trade, THEN this fellow:
      A. Could not make enough money to make it worthwhile to bootleg it.
      B. Would find it cheaper to buy and smoke than to grow and smoke (just like cigarettes, cigars, snuff, beer, booze and a lot of wines).
      C. Couldn't make even a quarter of a living trying to sell it on the street.

      Are you willing to try to change this picture?

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    3. As usual, you're so busy pushing drugs that you miss the larger picture. This guy is a habitual criminal; the pot bust is the least of his offenses. Actually, if pot were legal, law enforcement would never have discovered the illegal firearms, so in this case, weed being illegal helped take guns out out of the hands of a criminal! Job well done, on both counts!

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    4. chuck gregory11/22/16, 12:33 PM

      He'd be a habitual criminal in another area, 8:53. How much are you in favor of re-criminalizing alcohol, as we did in Prohibition? Its criminalization gave rise to the Cosa Rostra and furthered the establishment of organized crime. Deal with the issue.

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    5. Chuck, YOU are the one who can't stick to the issues! You use every news story that even remotely involves drugs as an excuse for legalization. Then you drag Nixon, the Mafia, J. Edgar Hoover, and everybody short of bigfoot into the mix! This guy is a hardened criminal for which drug use is only a sideline! People like him only serve to justify keeping drugs illegal, and underscore the need for MORE law enforcement, not less.

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    6. Chuck I believe it's Cosa Nostra not Rostra. The R isn't even near the N on a keyboard so know what you're talking about before commenting. Just a thought.

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    7. chuck gregory11/26/16, 8:07 PM

      As I said, 1:45, "He'd be a habitual criminal in another area." It's sad that people cannot step back-- as FDR and Congress did in the middle of the Depression-- take a look at a godawful mess and admit that trying the same thing time after time and expecting a different result is insanity. What can you not understand about a masterful politician using the fact of substance abuse as a tool to marginalize his opposition? What would it take for someone to realize that we would have the same problems with booze and beer if we re-criminalized alcohol? We DO NOT have much of a problem with people trying to get other people hooked on those (outside of advertising), and it's already been proven in other countries that decriminalizing does not aggravate addiction.

      10:00, I'll count on you to proofread all my submissions from now on. That's very gracious of you.

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    8. Well Chuck, first, there's a big difference between decriminalization and legalization. Most states have decriminalized small amounts of weed; it's little more than a speeding ticket in most places. It's the felony gun posession that our friend here has to worry about. (Something that you are equally fanatical about but fail to memtion here.) The problem that I, and most people have, is that you go from a slap on the wrist for a small amount of pot to legalizing heroin, in one giant leap. You intentionally fail to see the difference between alcohol, marijuana, and heroin, which is patently absurd. I don't advocate the use (or abuse) of any of these substances, but like most people, I can tell the difference; why can't you see something so obvious?

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    9. chuck gregory11/28/16, 8:21 AM

      1:42, it's not the differences in how the body reacts to those substances, but the similarities of the criminogenesis-- how crime has sprung up around ALL of them when they are made illegal.

      All of those substances create problems for many of the users, but why should we add an extra layer by keeping them illegal and thus highly profitable for criminals, so profitable that murder, extortion, prostitution, etc., become useful company tools?

      It has been shown that usage does not spread in the face of legalization, so let's get sensible about this.

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    10. I agree with Chuck....if you can tolerate crime, make something illegal.

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  5. Hah. If we send all 'conservatives' and Libertarians to the legislature there will be a spate of changes (some of them good) and then another monolith, grinding inexorably toward despotism by the right. AKA 'Chuck's nightmare'.

    There used to be a middle ground; what happened to that?

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    1. Philip Caron11/21/16, 6:33 PM

      People in the middle are now seen to be on the opposing side.

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    2. Phil, you hit the nail right on the head. As a devout centrist, I find myself being beat up by both sides. Of course, I do respond in kind. In this age of ideological purity, sadly, sanity has left the country.

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  6. When was the last time you saw any "middle ground" on this blog? More to the point, when was the first time?

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  7. chuck gregory11/22/16, 12:38 PM

    People who are emotionally and psychologically strong have a lot of forbearance for deviation from their standards. Joe Connary, a respected member of the Springfield community, felt sorry for Richard Nixon, while a large segment of the population, less well-established than he was, wanted to see Nixon hanged. Such people as cannot either explain or modify their positions on this blog are not as emotionally or psychologically well-grounded as was Joe Connary. (Full disclosure: I'm one of them). Like Charles Koch, we refuse to find the middle ground because we first have to meet our own unaddressed (and often unknown) needs. And as I've said before, many a spouse and child has probably been saved from abuse because the abuser vented here instead.

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  8. Enough Chuck. Don't you think it's time to now help your fellow residents of Chester? Your good neighbors in Spingfield could use a bit of a reprieve from your socialist agenda. Thanks Chuck.

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    1. chuck gregory11/23/16, 1:54 PM

      Glad to have you venting here, 8:00.

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  9. Would whoever is throwing out the beer cans on our road stop it. Same place every day from most likely from the same person (s).

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    1. It's me and no, I won't stop. You should be thanking me...invest the deposit money in fixing up your dump.

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    2. Stop drinking and driving around children. Least you should read the blog above Segregation of prisoners with mental illness declining

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  10. Why do people make stuff up against others they do not know? Mr. Fuller is a drug user, and his criminal record began more than 30 yrs ago. His Assault & robbery happened over 31 years ago. People change. He does not sell drugs, he's only hurting himself & no one else. He's an addict. The last crime he committed was walking out of a store with a beer...bout two years ago. C'mon, we have many in town that has done much worse.....& they still are let out to roam and cause more havoc. He has failing health, let him grow a plant for cripes sake.

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    1. A whole Anon 5:36 drinks and drives. Tell me what is worse, driving drunk or growing weed. Select only one please.

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    2. You should ask the victim of his assault and robbery 31 years ago how they feel about it.

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    3. It doesn't appear that he's changed a whole lot, he's STILL committing felonies!

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