- Jeff Drew | Rev. Diane Sullivan
Like downtrodden fans of the New York Mets, those expecting Vermont to legalize the commercialization of cannabis in 2019 find themselves echoing a sad old refrain: "Maybe next year." Though the proposed tax-and-regulate bill is up in smoke for now, pot remains a burning topic. Just ask advocate Larisa Bolivar, the keynote speaker at the Vermont Cannabis & Hemp Convention. Curiously, the state is seeing a drop in medical marijuana card registrations, even as some patients turn to cannabis to ween off opioids and senior citizens learn about reefer's RX potential. Speaking of education, a few local colleges are rolling out dank degrees. Got munchies? Amy Bacon concocts canna-confections for Champlain Valley Dispensary, and at least one local chef dishes dope dinners on the sly. We politely suggest he consult etiquette expert Lizzie Post of the Emily Post Institute on the proper way to set a table for a sensi-smorgasbord.