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House gives preliminary approval to retail cannabis market

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 9:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont House Wednesday evening advanced S.54, an act relating to the regulation of cannabis, on a vote of 90-54. The bill, which would establish legal sales of cannabis (marijuana) will be considered for a third reading on Thursday. If it passes the bill would then head to the Senate. Governor Phil Scott has said that any bill he would approve must have significant health and safety measures built into it.

Report evaluates viability of increasing dairy consumption in New England and beyond

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 4:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (VACCD) outlined to legislators today a report looking at the future of dairy in Vermont and the economic viability of expanding dairy markets in the northeast, major metropolitan areas and beyond. The report comes as a result of Act 83 requiring both Agencies to research these concerns and report back.

AG supports opioid manufacturer's settlement framework

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 3:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced that opioid manufacturer, Mallinckrodt (MNK), has devised a global settlement framework that would settle all opioid-related claims against it. The agreement in principle is supported by Vermont and 46 states and US territories, as well as municipalities and other litigants in the federal opioid multidistrict litigation.

Winter storm forecasted to bring strong gusty winds, wet snow

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 3:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) is alerting customers to severe weather starting late Wednesday through Thursday afternoon, as forecasters predict gusty winds along the western slopes of the Green Mountains reaching up to 70MPH in higher elevations, and the strong winds could take down trees and power lines. The storm is also expected to bring some heavy, wet snow and forecasters say that is most likely in higher elevations. GMP is prepared to respond as quickly and safely as possible for customers, and is urging them to be prepared for the possibility of scattered outages throughout GMP service territory.

Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism relocates to Goddard College's new Village for Learning

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 11:02am -- Gabriella.March...

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (VCIH) recently signed a contract with Goddard College to move its school and clinic from Montpelier to the historic Greatwood campus in Plainfield this June. VCIH will join EarthWalk Vermont, also located on the campus, for a mission-based partnership in Goddard College’s new Village for Learning Initiative. VCIH’s sliding-scale herbal clinics and apothecary serve hundreds of clients in the Central Vermont and Chittenden County communities, while their nationally-recognized programs enroll 60-70 students annually. As the popularity of herbal medicine continues to grow, a need for additional classroom spaces and outdoor teaching and cultivation areas sparked the search for a new location in 2019.

St George man arrested on 65 counts in abuse case

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 10:53am -- tim

Vermont State Police On February 24th, 2020 Troopers with VSP Williston were contacted by the victim in this case. Investigation determined that there was a Final Relief From Abuse Order in place between the victim and Anthony Sawyer (age 48) of St George, VT, and that this order had been violated by Sawyer 56 times between October 2019 and February 2020 in the form of harassing and abusive contact with the victim via phone and by showing up unwanted to her residence.

Vermont ranks in top half of the best states for higher education

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 10:49am -- Gabriella.March...

Vermont Business Magazine In its sixth annual study, SmartAsset determined the top states for higher education by analyzing graduation rate, price, student-faculty ratio, 20-year ROI and in-state attendance rate. Vermont cracks the top half of the list, tying with Massachusetts and Wisconsin for 17th place. However, that earned those states an overall grade of only a C+.

Garimella: When do we succeed at UVM? When our students do

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 4:20am -- Brandon

Suresh Garimella, President of the University of Vermont A three-time Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times reporter. The first African American to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Two Nobel Peace Prize winners. One of Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women.” The producer of the “Hunger Games” movies and a Golden Globes winner. And the author of one of the Library of Congress’s 10 most influential books of our time.*

Leahy: Woefully inadequate coronavirus supplemental request

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 2:52pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) President Trump’s instinct of robbing Peter to pay Paul is once again on full display, demonstrating a dangerous level of incompetence within his administration to confront the global spread of the novel coronavirus.  His administration is only requesting $1.25 billion in emergency funding, and the rest is drained from resources to combat Ebola and other unspecified public health programs. 

Tenants sue St Albans over unfair condemnation

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 2:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A federal Court has ruled that tenants can bring claims against the City of St Albans for unfairly removing them from their home after the landlord refused to make necessary repairs. Dwight Martell and Lynn Cook claimed that the City had abruptly shut off their water, electricity, and gas and ordered them out, making them homeless, all without having a legal basis for doing so. They sued for violations of their Fourteenth Amendment due process rights and Fourth Amendment rights to be free from unreasonable seizure.

Condos: Public access television is crucial for transparency

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 2:14pm -- tim

by Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos For decades, Vermont’s Community Media Centers have provided our residents direct access to each other, our government, and our community events. Now, more than ever, we need a strong network of public, educational and government (“PEG TV”) stations and their Community Media Centers to provide these important services that keep our civic engagement strong.

Vermont legislature overrides veto to pass minimum wage increase

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 2:10pm -- Brandon

Brandon Arcari, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont House overrode Governor Scott’s veto of S.23, increasing the state’s minimum wage effective in 2021. The vote passed 100-49, and followed the Senate’s Feb. 13 vote to override the veto 24-6. The bill will raise the state’s minimum wage to $11.75 in 2021, from its current $10.78, and to $12.55 in 2022, and ties minimum wage increases to inflation after those years.