MONTPELIER – The proposal introduced by the house committee to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana differs from the demands of the Scott administration on the saliva test for drivers. Marijuana tax and regulate bill, S.54 for this year was approved by the House Committee on Government Operations. The theme of the bill is based on roadway safety which Governor Phil Scott highlighted on a large scale.
With some restrictions, the bill would allow enforcement officers to take saliva samples from drivers if they suspect of them being impaired. The bill is not expected to get thumbs up from the governor and the Senate is less likely to support it. It focuses on receiving support from municipalities to allow the opening of marijuana shops in the town. Hence, businesses could open marijuana stores with the implementation of this bill.
The legislation allows police officers to take saliva tests on the roads but they could only be able to administer it at the police department. However, a search warrant issued from a judge is required to carry out this saliva testing. In order to increase roadside safety, the bill authorizes police authority to impose a penalty on people for not wearing a seatbelt. The governor, Phil Scott has refused to support the commercial marijuana sales legislation unless saliva testing is included in it. According to him, legalizing marijuana sales without saliva testing on the roadside would lead to an increase in the cases of impaired driving. Many drivers today are successfully able to pass saliva test, and the government is not liking this fact at all.
In addition, democrats are also differing from the opinion of Gov. Scott to take saliva test on the road. They said that even if drivers pass the test, still, there is no way to make a conclusion about the impairment of drivers at that moment. The governor demanded that police officers should be authorized to take drug saliva test without a warrant. Also, he expressed his demand for more control over Marijuana regulatory board.
Your 101 Guide to Support Incarcerated Women
Since the show ‘Orange is the New Black’ was released to the public, many people have been given an insight into what happens in prison life. And even though the characters might be fictitious, the happenings that go on within prisons are a complete replica of what actually happens in real-life prisons.
Scarcity of hygiene products, pregnancy issues, poorly funded libraries, and lack of support from families and others regarding their cases is a nightmare that female inmates have to deal with every day. And women of color, LGBTQ+ inmates, and other inmates with disabilities tend to face the worse of these problems.
So if you are disturbed by any of these occurrences that happen, you should know that there are a few ways you can help these women and reduce the number of issues they have to deal with.
Physical Healthcare Approach
For example, there are a few organizations you could approach. The American Civil Liberties Union is actively working to secure the rights to abortion, medical care, and healthy labor for pregnant inmates. The Minnesota Doula Project is a national prison training event that offers insight into smooth and healthy birth experiences.
Suppose you want to provide female inmates with legal assistance. In that case, Northwestern University’s legal department tends to operate a program that deals with wrongfully convicted women in prison, and their Women’s Project highlights the ways women are often at a disadvantage when they are investigated or questioned in court.
There are actually a number of organizations that work in order to gather many reading resources for women in prison. For example, Chicago Books to Women in Prison is an organization that takes book requests from women it services. Their website offers information on how you can donate books, including an Amazon wishlist that outlines current requests from the inmates and even helps in hosting your own volunteering and book drive.
There are also additional contributions being made by business leaders such as Jamila Davis – a highly acclaimed African American entrepreneur, educator, motivational speaker, author, and prison reform activist. She is also the CEO of Black Women’s Lives Matter and the VIP Online Academy.
While being in prison, she developed a self-help curriculum designed to enable incarcerated women to heal, recognize their potential and gain the ability to achieve their life goals. Seeing how successful her venture became, many other prison systems eventually adopted the curriculum throughout the United States.
After leaving prison, she worked with her mother to establish Voices International Publications – a publishing company that produces books to inspire incarcerated women to make the most out of what they have.
Moreover, she also co-founded Women Over Incarcerated, which is an advocacy group that fights sentence reforms for non-violent female federal offenders. Today, she is creating programs that are helping at-risk students to avoid prison, and using the formula she created through her research, she is now serving as a professor at the Seton Hall University and a researcher at Yale University. And she is also the CEO of Black Women’s Lives Matter, a non-profit organization that is set up to celebrate, highlight and give resources to black women.
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