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Dispensing Marijuana to Youth can land you in some very serious hot water in Vermont.
Fact: Tobacco sales to minors, 17 years and younger, dropped in California last year after a change in the law raised the minimum purchasing age of tobacco from 18 to 21.
Fact: Youth Using E Cigarettes increase their risk of transitioning to traditional cigarettes.
Cannabis is in the news again. On January 4th, the Vermont House of Representatives voted 81 to 63 in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana. The details have yet to finalized as the bill still needs to pass through the Vermont Senate.
This transition might send the signal to teens that marijuana use is okay. Now is the time to talk to your kids about marijuana.
Students comment on access to tobacco and alcohol
On Wednesday, April 8th, students from the Pre-Law Class, instructed by Bruce Lee-Clark at the Career Development Center in Bennington presented their report to the legislature on youths access to tobacco and alcohol. The students has a unique opportunity to present their detailed policy analysis to the House Healthcare Committee at the State of Vermont Legislature. This project represents a year-long journey to research the topic and develop recommendations. In conjunction, the Video Production Class, instructed by Tim Foley produced a documentary video of the process which was also shown to committee members. During the day, they had an opportunity to meet with local legislators, public health advocacy groups and sponsors of proposals that they reviewed. They were then acknowledged in front of a full house at beginning of the House of Representatives session by ACT Director and State Rep. Kiah Morris. Following, their report and video will be sent to committee leadership in Human Resources, Judicial, Ways and Means and Senate Health and Welfare for their review. The youth did an amazing job and we could not have been more proud of their work and collaboration with ACT on this important project. The students who worked on these projects are as follows:
- Cyonn Alexander – Bennington
- McKayla Brown – Woodford
- Laina Main – Bennington
- Chelsea Corrow – Bennington
- Samuel Gezelius – Bennington
- Mariah Spencer – Bennington
- Thomas Tift – Bennington
- Celia Brambley – Bennington
- Tiffany Briggs – Bennington
The full report can be found here: W~Pre-Law Class, Southwest Vermont Career Development Center~Report On Access to Tobacco and Alcohol by the Underage in Vermont~4-8-2015
The video can be found here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tU7jNtEQSYo