In 1999 or so, after many years of not communicating, my friend Chip and I got back in touch. One of the first things he said when we talked on the phone was in relation to the fact that marijuana was still illegal. Since then, several states have legalized the weed for medical use and two have legalized it for recreational use. Here in Vermont, an effort is underway to legalize marijuana. The law that was drafted is less than ideal, but it is a step in the right direction. This oped appeared in an online daily newspaper in Vermont known as the Vermont Digger.