Thursday, May 23 2013 9:08 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:08:29 GMT
A staple atop Church Street in downtown Burlington is gone. We told you the fountain was being removed last month. Church Street Marketplace leaders say it was too expensive to run and blocked foot traffic.More >>
A staple atop Church Street in downtown Burlington is gone.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:01 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:01:37 GMT
If you're approached by a Vermont State Trooper, there's one thing you may not see, a tattoo. That's because for six years the department hasn't allowed visible ink.But VSP Captain David Notte saysMore >>
Vermont State Police say it's considering changing its tattoo policy, to get more recruits. Right now you can't have any visible tattoos, but that could soon change.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:54 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:54:33 GMT
Yesterday's quick downpour is leaving long-term damage to Burlington roads and businesses. So much so it has the Department of Public Works looking closely at making some major repairs to the entire system. TheMore >>
Yesterday's quick downpour is leaving long-term damage to Burlington roads and businesses.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:24 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:24:21 GMT
Undocumented immigrants in Vermont won a huge battle in the state legislature this year that will eventually give them the chance to earn driver's licenses. That includes Jose Norman. "I've been hereMore >>
The new law won't take effect until January 2014.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:51 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:51:07 GMT
Crews are responding to a garbage truck that caught fire off Shelburne Road in Shelburne, Vt. According to the Shelburne Fire Department, something in the back of a Casella Waste truck caught fire. TheMore >>
Crews are responding to a garbage truck that caught fire off Shelburne Road in Shelburne, Vt.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:04 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:04:40 GMT
The N.H. Senate is expected to take up a bill Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the state. According to the legislation HB573, it would allow patients with cancer, glaucoma, positive status forMore >>
The N.H. Senate is expected to take up a bill Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the state.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:34 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:34:26 GMT
The Essex Fire Department and Vermont Gas are currently investigating the smell of propane at the Edge Fitness Center in Essex, Vt.FOX44 and ABC22 reporter Michael Page says they haven't found anythingMore >>
The Essex Fire Department and Vermont Gas are currently investigating the smell of propane at the Edge Fitness Center in Essex, Vt.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:22 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:22:39 GMT
The annual Spring Move Out Project in Burlington Thursday. The project allows you to get rid of unwanted, but still usable household goods. You can bring clothes, books, furniture, household items, andMore >>
The annual Spring Move Out Project is being held in Burlington Thursday.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:40 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:40:21 GMT
If you're planning on traveling this holiday weekend, you're not alone. According to AAA, more than 30 million Americans will be on the roadways. On average, they'll also be driving at least 50 miles forMore >>
If you're planning on traveling this holiday weekend, you're not alone.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:31 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:31:51 GMT
Each year between 5 and 7 million animals enter a shelter. Purina Cat Chow is trying to offset some of those costs. The company is donating $200,000 to 50 shelters and that's where you come in. A quickMore >>
Each year between 5 and 7 million animals enter a shelter. Purina Cat Chow is trying to offset some of those costs. More >>
A new proposal by a city councilor suggests the legalization of marijuana and hemp in Burlington.
Progressive City Councilor Max Tracy believes the time is right for voters to weigh in on whether marijuana and hemp should be legalized or not. But don't expect that to have an impact you can see on the street.
"We're not going to legalize marijuana if over a fifty percent majority of Burlington voters approve this. We won't have dispensaries on in Burlington yet. That's for Montpelier to decide," Ward 2 Progressive Max Tracy said.
"What this resolution is really looking to do is just survey voters and get an understanding of where they sit on the issue."
Councilor Tracy says legalization is gaining momentum nationwide and it's time for Burlington to throw its voice into the mix. Tracy hopes his proposal will shape the conversation at the state level.
"If we can have that on the ballot in November I think that can prove very helpful to framing the debate in Montpelier come the next legislative session," Tracy said.
Law makers in Montpelier have already allowed for the cultivation of hemp but only if federal restrictions on the plant are removed. Hemp has less of the active ingredient in marijuana that gets users high and is used in products such as clothing and food. In Vermont medical marijuana is only legal in cases of severe illness. Tracy's plan also includes a tax on hemp and marijuana.
"These are new revenue streams that aren't being tapped that could be potentially tapped so to fully explore that is really, really important," Tracy said.
Before the issue makes it to Burlington voters City Councilors have to approve it for the November ballot.
They'll vote on the issue on Monday in a public meeting.
"I think we have a great opportunity to and like I said I've gotten a largely positive response from people," Tracy said.
Supporters of the resolution include councilor co-sponsors Democrat Ed Adrian and Democrat Norman Blais. Republican councilor Paul Decelles says he's against putting it on the ballot, but would be shocked if the resolution did not make it past the city council.
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