by Peter Freyne
That's what GOP Gov. Jim Douglas would like to find - and find swiftly. The end of the paragraph that closes the public dust-up he's had in the last week with Windsor County State's Attorney Bobby Sand over marijuana prosecutions
Declaring Sand had a "blanket policy" on letting first-time marijuana possessors off with court diversion, Gov. Scissorhands had issued an order that, henceforth, first-time pot cases in that county brought by state police will be prosecuted by the attorney general or the U.S. Attorney.
But Sand [pictured at left], had no such policy. Ever. Though he has publicly suggested some of our current drug laws may do more harm than good. Sand was a guest on VPR's Vermont Edition during the noon-hour today. I missed it 'cause I was at the gubernatorial ribbon-cutting, but it is available for listening online.
"The end of the paragraph," Gov. Douglas told us, "is we should look to the future. We should focus on enforcing the law, confronting the serious drug problems that we have in Vermont, more and more people coming from out of state to prey on our kids, to peddle their illicit wares and we need to focus on that as an important strategy to maintaining public safety. Whatever happened in the past is prologue."
"Did you misinterpret what Sand said," asked Freyne Land, "or did you overreact?"
"I stand by everything I've said, Peter," the Guv replied, "but let's look to the future."
Why not? Especially since looking at the past does you no good whatsoever on this one, eh?
Gov. Douglas spoke to yours truly prior to his remarks at the official ribbon-cutting marking Dealer.com's grand opening on Pine Street in the People's Republic of Burlington. The company gives one a little of that Silicon-Valley feel. There are 150 techie-types. Been operating out of Burlap since 1997. That's Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss the Progressive socialist to the left of GOP Jim and the Dealer.com founders and top executives surrounding them.
Mellow, brainy, laid-back, personable crew. The re-roofed and redesigned former Specialty Filaments factory that produced plastic brush-bristle fiber for brooms, now has an organic cafe and big new gym.