About Janet Reynolds

Janet is a frequent Explorer contributor and Adirondack visitor.

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  1. Brian Kelly says

    Cannabis consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and even glorified as an All-American pastime, alcohol.

    Plain and simple!

    Legalize Nationwide!

    It’s time for us, the majority of The People to take back control of our national marijuana policy. By voting OUT of office any and all politicians who very publicly and vocally admit to having an anti-cannabis, prohibitionist agenda! Time to vote’em all OUT of office. Period. Plain and simple.

    Politicians who continue to demonize cannabis, Corrupt Law Enforcement Officials who prefer to ruin peoples lives over cannabis possession rather than solve real crimes who fund their departments toys and salaries with monies acquired through cannabis home raids, seizures and forfeitures, and so-called “Addiction Specialists” who make their income off of the judicial misfortunes of our citizens who choose cannabis, – Your actions go against The Will of The People and Your Days In Office Are Numbered! Find new careers before you don’t have one.

    The People have spoken! Get on-board with Cannabis Legalization Nationwide, or be left behind and find new careers. Your choice.

    • Brian Kelly says

      The “War on Cannabis” has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful “War on Drugs” that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.

      Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions more of our yearly tax dollars fighting a never ending “War on Cannabis”, lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. It’s a no brainer.

      The Prohibition of Cannabis has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records. Especially, if they happen to be of the “wrong” skin color or they happen to be from the “wrong” neighborhood. Which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

      Cannabis is much safer to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?

      Let’s end this hypocrisy now!

      The government should never attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less cannabis “crimes” because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

      Cannabis Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that’s approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

      Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Cannabis Legalization Initiative!

    • Cory says

      Pot-smokers on the roadways are causing serious injuries and deaths. But I haven’s seen these being tracked and reported, probably because it’s politically incorrect.

  2. David Hallerman says

    Perhaps local officials would do best to examine results of having cannabis dispensaries in other states, such as Colorado or nearby Massachusetts. They might find the presence of such retail businesses tend to cause little or no problems for the communities where they operate. They do tend to bring in tax revenues, though. Furthermore, why don’t local officials look at reality in other states instead of calling up fears based on misinformation. Oh, are other retail businesses that dispense drugs, bars and alcohol, okay?

  3. Bill Keller says

    “If people think they have the right to get stoned, like alcohol, the more you smoke the stupider you’re going to be.” Another ignorant politician dictating what the citizen can do. Put it up for a town vote and see what happens.

    • Seth says

      I read that line too and my eyes rolled into the back of my head. Typical uninformed politician. Or a giant hypocrite politician who smokes a J every night before bed.

  4. SES ZOO says

    Seems to be working fine up in Akwesasne , Nice clean ,friendly and helpful dispensaries with knowledgeable staff , that DO check everyone’s ID ,even mine at 67 yrs old, with a fair price and filled parking lots. Haven’t heard of any extra trouble either out here in St Lawrence and Franklin ctys either . Seems other towns around here like Malone or Potsdam etc are just losing out and getting on the bus late. More worried about optics ,than responsible adults useing a plant that’s been around forever.

  5. Robert says

    A remote tourist town that declines to take the tax revenue from legal cannabis? That is the definition of stupid.

    Stodgy, Grinch-like establishment officials like the “Deputy Mayor” Pete Holdereidand and Jim McKinna are the reason young people from northern New England and New York are fleeing the northeast and moving to places like Colorado and Oregon.

  6. Boreas says

    Cannabis acceptance and legalization really needs to be nationwide. Existing obsolete Federal law makes it more difficult for producers, dispensaries, and users. The last I knew, transactions still need to be in cash (just like street dealers) because banks cannot legally process credit and check transactions. Talk about stupid. Dispensaries need to sit and transport mounds of cash, meaning they have to spend inordinate amounts on security due to cash-only transactions. Who uses cash any more? Criminals!! Don’t just make it “legal” – make it streamlined.

  7. Boreas says

    The entire Federal drug schedule needs to be re-valuated based on knowledge and fact, and not on fear and stereotypes. The next important step is to look closely at psilocybin and other naturally occurring compounds. The study of these extremely promising compounds is currently hamstrung by the same obsolete Federal law as cannabis prohibition. They have been found to be very effective for mental illnesses such as OCD, PTSD, bipolar, and depressive disorders. Mushrooms are both safe and cheap when used properly. No reason the compounds or ‘shrooms themselves cannot safely be sold alongside cannabis. We just need some open minds and the desire to drop the “war on drugs” from carpet bombing to targeted strikes on ACTUAL dangerous and addictive substances.

  8. David says

    I would be in favor of dispensaries that are built with sustainability in mind, tasteful signage that fits with the ADK vibe. In terms of use, sitting or walking through quiet forests while stoned or not is one of the many wonderful activities in the Dacks. Just need to warn the stoners…please don’t bushwack while high, getting lost sucks. With community input the stores can be strategically located away from schools and playgrounds, have adequate parking. In colorado most disp’s are located on edge of town. In mass silver therapeutics is located in a nondescript strip mall in williamstown, another well out of town store is located off route 2o in Pittsfield. It would serve the politicos in ths dacks to check out those stores in high tourism areas

    • Bob Meyer says

      B. S. question!
      Nowhere near the deaths from alcohol, gun violence etc
      My Adirondack experience aside ( non cannabis) it’s time to GROW IP America! People want to get high, booze, pot, on top if a peak… it’s human nature and no laws are going to change that.
      Time to legalise nationally and reap the business & tax benefits!

  9. Mary says

    I don’t care either way.

    Casinos have no interest to me. Cigarettes.. no . Pot? No.

    I can pass on all this high tax entertainment.

    I go to the adirondacks for something else entirely.

    I enjoy the outdoors and some of the farmers markets.

    I like the part of the law that makes it legal to grow – but how will they make tax money on that?

  10. R.A. Rose says

    I think we’ve pretty well proven that we’ve lost the war on drugs, so let’s reduce crime and incarceration costs as well…
    Communities need to factor in the savings they would see in terms of law enforcement, court costs and jails…
    How foolish and short-sighted would it be for communities who are financially stressed to turn down the increased tax money?
    People would happily drive to a neighboring town to buy their ‘stash’, thereby depriving their home town of much needed income. This isn’t rocket science.

  11. Cory says

    Pot-smokers on the roadways are causing serious injuries and deaths. But I haven’s seen these being tracked and reported, probably because it’s politically incorrect.

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