Action Alert: Please Urge the House Government Operations Committee to Put Prevention Before Profit

Last week, the VMS held a press conference with AAPVT, the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (VAHHS), and Vermont prevention specialists. We joined Al Gobeille, the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services, to urge lawmakers to prioritize evidence-based prevention programs with dedicated, sustainable funding systems in place before they enact a tax and regulate commercial system for marijuana sales in Vermont. In December 2018, Governor Phil Scott’s Marijuana Advisory Commission presented recommendations for a commercial system of marijuana sales that start with the creation of a substance misuse prevention fund. Yet, the Vermont Senate passed S.54, a bill to launch the commercial system for marijuana sales, with no prevention included in the bill. Last week, the Senate also voted to strip all funding from the Substance Misuse Prevention bill, S.146, which sought to provide recommended prevention programs to help Vermont youth avoid tobacco, cannabis and opioid use. S.54 is scheduled for hearings this week in the House Government Operations Committee. Please email these Committee members to tell them to vote no on commercializing marijuana in Vermont until they put comprehensive prevention programs in place: 

scopelandhanzas@leg.state.vt.usJGannon@leg.state.vt.usrlaclair@leg.state.vt.us

nbrownell@leg.state.vt.ushcolston@leg.state.vt.usMGardner@leg.state.vt.us

jharrison@leg.state.vt.usrhooper@leg.state.vt.uswkitzmiller@leg.state.vt.us

mmrowicki@leg.state.vt.usjpalasik@leg.state.vt.us and Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson-mjohnson@leg.state.vt.us 

For our latest prevention fact sheet click here. For our latest press release from the prevention press conference click here. For more information contact Stephanie Winters at swinters@vtmd.org 
 

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