Hi, friends! Welcome to this week’s ICYMI roundup, where we bring you all the fun, funky things that happened this week in the UV and beyond. Let’s do it!
- A Newport, Vt., resident is raising the alarm after his pot plants allegedly were stolen from his yard. Police say this trend is likely to continue in the wake of July’s legalization, and WCAX has some tips on how you can keep your plants safe.
- A new study says all alcohol, even the occasional drink or two, actually is terrible for you. Womp womp.
- Londonderry, N.H., Town Manager Kevin Smith and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu came through for the people this week when they urged Market Basket stores to change the placement of their deli price labels. The men said the labels’ previous placement, which wrapped across the top of the bag the cold cuts are packed in, was prone to ripping the bags upon trying to open them. See Sununu’s proud post-change selfie with a half-pound of Land O’Lakes white American cheese here.
- Two bagel shops in Montreal and Burlington, respectively, did a bit of finger-pointing (kinda like this) this week, after an article by food website Eater Montreal flagged the fact that the Burlington bakery’s logo looked suspiciously similar to Montreal’s. What gives? Don’t fret: The good folks at Seven Days got to the bottom of the international mystery.
- Sunapee resident Hazel Nilson celebrated a big birthday on Tuesday. The longtime Cubs fan turned 110 years old this week. Happy birthday, Hazel!
- Tuesday also was the one-year anniversary of the 2017 solar eclipse, which, as you may recall, was so enthralling that it totally eclipsed all productivity at the Valley News. (To be fair, Valley News staffers weren’t the only ones with their eyes on the skies last August: The Washington Post recently reported that the eclipse was one of the most-watched events in American history. A whopping 216 million American adults watched the eclipse in some way.)
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The Vermont Senate today gave final approval to a bill that would allow the recreational use of marijuana, putting Vermont on course to become the first state in the country to legalize pot by an act of the Legislature rather than through a citizen referendum.
Click here to read the full breaking update, with additional links to the latest on the pot proposal in New Hampshire.
FILE – This June 27, 2017 file photo shows popcorn shaped marijuana nuggets in a plastic container at the Higher Path medical marijuana dispensary owned by Jerred Kiloh in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
The New Hampshire House took a step toward legalizing recreational marijuana in the state.
New Hampshire Public Radio reports the House voted, 207-139, in favor of an amended legalization bill. From the story:
The amended bill would permit adults to possess up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana, 5 grams of hashish, and certain marijuana-infused products. Adults could also cultivate up to six pot plants at home.
Speaker Gene Chandler said the bill now goes to the House Ways & Means Committee, according to NHPR.
The passage marks a rebuke of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who on Thursday made it easier for prosecutors to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have opted for legalization of the substance. (Read more about that here.)
The Vermont House approved the legalization of recreational marijuana that same day, and lawmakers have said the Vermont Senate could vote on the bill as soon as tomorrow. Republican Gov. Phil Scott has signaled he would sign it into law if it passes.
From the Sunday Valley News:
Although medical marijuana is legal in both New Hampshire and Vermont, a number of obstacles stand in the way of some who wish to use it, including the conflict between state and federal law, a hesitancy among some doctors to recommend it and a limited number of dispensaries where it is available.
Click here to read more. And below, find a glossary/graphic from Shawn Braley.
“I think it was the most hopeful bad news I have heard in a while,” said former Windsor County State’s Attorney Bobby Sand, who attended (Vermont Gov. Phil Scott’s) news conference in Montpelier. “I walked away as optimistic as I’ve ever been that Vermont might be the first state to legislate a change.”