An Ounce of Prevention……

A little known fact of the Vermont Medical Marijuana statute [ officially titled, Rules Regulating Cannabis for Symptom Relief, 18 V.S.A. Chapter 86 Subchapter 2 ] is the declaration on the amount of grams found in a ounce. Most people with a smart phone and an interest in converting metric arrangements to our English system would easily see that officially there exists 28.349 grams in one ounce. This, however, is not how the Vermont bureaucracy has seen the issue, since the approved law as written [ Section 1.20 ] clearly states that for the purpose of the rules an “Ounce” means a unit of weight equaling 28.0 grams. Since the regulations also proclaim that patients can receive a maximum of two ounces per month for symptom relief, this effectively denies them 0.698 grams of medicine per month and helps limit the margin of dispensary sales. Profit tends to exist to the right of the decimal point, so this also increases the cost of business for the small startups attempting to bring a different kind of respite to those in pain. The motivation for this idea of interpreting this conversion is baffling but cannot be accidental; politicians and bureaucrats are shifty but not as incompetent as they would have you believe. Plenty of room for madness in any method.
I distinctly remember the political debate in the 1970s when a full conversion to the metric system would be the law of the land. It was the beginning of the xenophobic system of debate that now runs rampant in America, but if you possess the time for extended researching on this statement, please be my guest; we sure have created a lot of history. The wrong headed American view of itself which declares that we are the exception to most rules, costs be damned, is nothing new and hides in every discussion of where to go as a nation. I can see how this outlook can make everyone feel full of national self esteem but these pseudo-topics interrupt the debates that should be occurring, while our pockets are picked and basic justice erodes.
The thought occurs to me that other devaluations to generally accepted standards may benefit the always image conscience Vermont Republic. A convenient reduction of the twelve inch foot to six inches would contain more than a few advantages. A six inch foot automatically places Governor Shumlin at the head of the list as the tallest state governor ever to hold office anywhere. The increase in the vertical drop of our ski mountains would attract many more visitors to the state each winter. The ballooning in square miles governed by the state of VT would vault the state to 38th place against other states, with Indiana temptingly close. The increase in obtaining Federal funds for a now larger state with expanded coastlines, larger rivers and vastly grown Superfund cleanup sites would also occur. Very tall people need special help and Vermonters are now the tallest folks in the world without having to depend on the ‘per capita’ basis for boasting. I think we are on to something here. Shrinking the concept of gallons and pounds will make Vermont’s maple syrup industry second to none; take that Quebec. Consider devaluation as a step toward progress. Lets squeeze every drop out of our economy for the benefit of everyone.

To the editor: despite the word count recorded as 603, please submit payment based on a 3000 word article, since my Vermont taxes just increased by 80,000 percent and my nickels stubbornly resist the argument that they are dollars.