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    Vermont Post July 1

    With the impending marijuana legalization set to begin in VT starting July 1, I was wondering if the vt ski industry will ever open up and promote the idea of smoking weed much like they have been treating alcohol for decades.

    Ive heard rumblings about some mountains in MA advertising/promoting the subject since Q4 was approved but I could never see a big name like Stowe or Killy doing such a thing.



    Regardless its always interesting being the fly on the wall to such a blaring conundrum for the local government and businesses.

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    I am sure that their insurance carriers will love that idea.

    Keep in mind that, while it is legal to possess small amounts of marijuana as of July 1, there is no legal mechanism for the sale of marijuana that was put into place. (Way to forego easy tax revenues, Vermont!)

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    Not sure how VT will handle it, but in Colorado many areas are on National Park land which is FEDERAL land where marijuana is not legal and they remind people of this or have an outright no pot policy.

    Many of the VT areas are in the Green Mountain National Forest, which is also federal land.

    There's also the issue of clientele. Do the resorts want to attract the stoner type, or the family type? Families will be drawn to areas that are explicit, if not aggressive, in adhering to a no skiing stoned policy. IMHO.

    Personally I've never liked skiing (or surfing) stoned - there's enough of a natural high just enjoying the sport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VTKilarney View Post
    I am sure that their insurance carriers will love that idea.

    Keep in mind that, while it is legal to possess small amounts of marijuana as of July 1, there is no legal mechanism for the sale of marijuana that was put into place. (Way to forego easy tax revenues, Vermont!)
    I was reading a couple of articles about this and apparently in Maine they get around not being able to sell it by gifting the marijuana and charging a processing and packaging fee. I also read that even those the on your person limit is one ounce, the amount you can harvest at home is unlimited. What was very odd is Vermont's employee drug testing laws. Apparently an employer has to make you a written offer before they can request a drug test. Once you get employed, the employer and only drug test you in they have probable cause that you are using marijuana or its required by federal law (that doesn't seem to be correct, maybe someone has some insight into that). It also said that if you do test positive, the employer can not fire you, but instead has to offer you a chance at rehab. If you fail a second time after going through the rehab, they can fire you on the spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTKilarney View Post
    I am sure that their insurance carriers will love that idea.

    Keep in mind that, while it is legal to possess small amounts of marijuana as of July 1, there is no legal mechanism for the sale of marijuana that was put into place. (Way to forego easy tax revenues, Vermont!)
    Is VT planning on setting up a sale mechanism?
    As for the GREEN mountain national Forest issue, only sugar Bush and Mt snow are partially on federal land, but not the base areas. Bromley and okemo are on private/state, Stratton is on private, Killington is on state. I can't see any of these areas promoting use, fine with me. Perhaps Magic, on private land, will be open to use.
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    VT has no plans for sale. Basically they're just legalizing what a lot of people do discreetly on their own; grow and possess small amounts for personal use. It's more widespread than you think. When I lived in Stowe I knew folks from restaurant and hospitality workers to doctors, nurses, a dentist, real estate agents, lawyers etc that all had small indoor grows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTKilarney View Post
    I am sure that their insurance carriers will love that idea.
    And their retained legal representation.
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    What would be the point of any ski areas promoting it? There's no revenue stream to take advantage of (unlike alcohol which they can sell and make money from).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdskier View Post
    What would be the point of any ski areas promoting it? There's no revenue stream to take advantage of (unlike alcohol which they can sell and make money from).
    Well for one thing it can drive the most coveted two words of any ski area operation: pizza sales

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post
    And their retained legal representation.
    But its fine to serve endless amounts of alcohol .. figure 10-15 years mary j and booze will be thought of as equals


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