Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced in New Hampshire

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director January 29, 2013

    A group of five bipartisan lawmakers have introduced legislation to make New Hampshire the third state to legalize and regulate the adult use of marijuana.

    House Bill 492 legalizes the possession of up to an ounce or less of marijuana and the private cultivation of a limited number of marijuana plants for adults 21 years of age and older. HB 492 would also allow for licensed commercial cultivation and sale of marijuana. Full text of this measure can be read here.

    Polling conducted in January of 2013 by Public Policy Polling reported that 53% of New Hampshire voters support changing state law to regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol, only 37% were opposed.

    Including New Hampshire, there is now a total of six states considering legislation to fully legalize marijuana. It is imperative that your elected officials hear from you in support of this measure. If you live in one of the six states (Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont) considering the legalization of marijuana for all adults, you can click on the appropriate link below and go directly to your state’s action alert. You can also click here to see if your state is considering any legislation pertaining to marijuana law reform.

    Tell Your Elected Officials to Support Marijuana Legalization!

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    44 Responses to “Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced in New Hampshire”

    1. Colorado supports freedom in New Hampshire!

    2. Sally G says:

      Ohio thinking about legalization

    3. liz says:

      your “click here” to see if your state is considering etc doesn’t have a link to click to

    4. liz says:

      whoops nvm

    5. Rithoa says:

      Looks like there could be hope for us East Coasters yet!

      Time to move soon?

    6. TheOracle says:

      This is exactly what we need, more states jumping on the money train. It makes the feds less likely to be successful. Oh, they may resist, but it’s all the more likely they’ll fail the more states getting on board with Mary Jane.

      Pennsylvania sure could use the money.

      Governor Tom Corbett is really fucking things up.

      I just hope that Senator Daylin Leach’s bill has all the expert testimony to counter the prohibitionist arguments. Counter the Gateway Theory, Hurts Children, and every other prohibitionist arguments and give expert testimony on applying the revenues to build infrastructure instead of raising prices on gas stations (which saves on what it costs you to fill your tank) and save the pensions and schools and give tax breaks to attract and spur business for more jobs, etc.

      If you don’t have that, you’ll have editors and opinion leaders and other old crows spewing the usually lies. I don’t what them to be cawing about anything negative to cannabis in the papers and on tv. The editors and opinion leaders should take their positions based on the facts of the pro-cannabis expert testimony. Leach is on the Judiciary Committee, and he wants to move it forward, unlike that screwing Senator Pat Vance gave us. You’re up against prohibitionist republicans, true believers that it’s the devil’s weed, good people for the most part who’ve fallen for the lies. You need to make a re-education campaign to address their fears, mistaken and outdated notions, replace Just Say No with a Colorado style slogan. Regulate and Educate. Strict Regulation, Fund Education.

      Look! Pay attention! I’m telling you how to orchestrate legalization in Pennsylvania. It could happen. The state really needs the money.

      Do I really need to think of everything? Really?

      Have the big city papers on board. Their editors will have to editorialize to get the smaller papers that fuck up and stick to the prohibitionist shit to reconsider and then publish in favor of cannabis legalization.

      Once you’ve created the echo chamber, just shut up prohibitionists, they’re going for the money.

      See what you can do with this. I contributed to Barry Busch directly way back when, sent the check to his cause. Rest his soul. Years later came the PA MMJ bill. I’ve opened up my wallet in the past for MMJ in other states, and I will contribute to the cause in Pennsylvania, too. They don’t call it the Keystone State for nothing. Which state will be the state that makes the feds tip in our favor?

    7. ben says:

      Important to get the legislators to vote on this, and then go hard after anyone who votes no.

    8. Closet Smoker says:

      The Feds should be addressing the cannabis issue soon. If they don’t, its gonna be like a overripe tomato, and go splat in their faces……

    9. Denny Strausser Jr says:

      It will be interesting following which States pass a change of law, and when. I knew once one state would do it completely, more would soon follow. PA won’t be doing it this time around, but will probably do it, as the State changes Governor’s. That’s not for another like, 2 years or something though. I could be wrong though. They might do it, just because other States near PA are doing it. I would love to see New York start legislation for a legalization measure. I have-a feeling,, they’ll wait till every State around PA Legalizes first. :-( Oh well.

    10. jage says:

      I love it states keep jumping aboard. One by one. I live in pa. and there is allot of rep. asswipes here. I hope this passes this year, not interested in moving anywhere. long live the bud.

    11. nh says:

      NH HB 492; Relative to the legalization and regulation of marijuana.


    12. Hal says:

      Time to smell the roses, oh, I mean the pot !!!

    13. Ted Sheckler says:

      Michigan needs this more than anyone else. Our economy is terrible, and our tourism industry is almost non-existent now. We’re going to do it too late and miss all of the economic prospects. Depressing.

    14. freck says:

      The reefer madness generation is passing away, so it’s just a matter of time before the lawmakers see the righting on the wall and stop causing honest, hardworking americans to stop being harrassed locked up in jail and stop loseing thier jobs because they want to relax and fire up a dobbie and watch TV!

    15. Megan Nile says:

      Did I mention that I love our new Governor? I’d be so excited if this happened. :)

    16. Star Rider says:

      @ Sally G http://mvnorml.org/ join donate and attend meetings.;)

    17. Don Dellaquila says:

      I wish N.y. State would get on the stick and leaglize marijuana!

    18. HmmmSaysDavidHume says:

      This is the single most important development to date in the fight to end Prohibition nationally. For the first time, we have legislators initiating and taking the lead on a legalization measure. If this passes and gets signed into law, lawmakers NATIONALLY will also introduce bills in other states. And recent polls showing majority support and a plurality of those same voter stating this issue influences how they will vote, it’s inevitable that other lawmakers will finally come out of the closet and support or introduce.

      We are on our way and you’d think leaders like President Obama would grab it before someone else does. This is no longer an issue that COSTS political capital, it BUILDS it by way of popular support. The race is on…

    19. Timothy says:

      I wish Ohio would pass some type of reform this year! I live in Ohio and nothing is appearing on the ballots this year.

    20. Bhonze says:

      Yeah! And Mississippi has a Medical Mariuana bill SB 2369. Call your Reps to get it Legal in MS!!!!

    21. Chris says:

      Arizona thinks weed is the devil. This is a state ran by old, alcoholic, white guys thou are holier than the masses.

    22. Kim Goodwin says:

      It is proven to help with so many medical conditions. Not one person has ever died from it, and nobody is violent. I have had chronic Lyme disease and wish I could have used something like this through the hardest times. People shouldn’t have to become addicted to pain medicine.

    23. Bren says:

      When marijuana is legalized it will remove a large percentage of the corruption and scoundralism within our untrustworthy government which is full of scoundralism and corruption.

    24. anonymous says:

      im from nh! support!

    25. stoner jock says:

      Can the feds just legalize this shit already? Jeesh

    26. burny says:

      All these prohibitionists need their phones ringing off the hook,emails flooded,and masses outside their offices with 1 message….LEGALIZE

    27. scott says:

      One must also take note that the “37% were opposed” will also include those who think it should be just flat out decriminalized, and an open/free/unfettered market.

    28. I think New Hampshire should get on the band wagon and legalize! we could use the money saved from marijuana busts for improvements with our state, education, road ways, and new businesses. plus the legalization of marijuana in the state will open up huge employment oppurtunities by itself.
      Shops and stores will open, perhaps cafes, there is large amount of people that would utilize them, and it would be a big economy booster for the area. court systems, and over crowded jailing in the state would have a drastic change. as well as we would just plain love it, i mean lets be real.

      legalized marijuana.

    29. Matt says:

      Why does the “write to your elected officials” link not work? I have tried to write to the NH officials but an error says my reps cannot be identified, even though I enter the correct town and area code.

    30. RUT says:

      NEW HAMPSHIRE’s state logo is live free or die. I hope they get it legal. The state of NH sells liquor at state run stores. It will be interesting to see if the state sells it the way they sell booze at state run stores.

    31. KansasToker says:

      Well Said!! @ theOracle

    32. Jack says:

      I have talked to Mark Warden and hes a very nice and easy to contact man, I would recommend anyone in NH to check it out and give him your support.

    33. Spotted Owl says:

      Hey! That’s not New Hampshire, that’s, Weed, California and yes there is lots of weed there .

    34. Ted says:

      Love it, we need a state in the East to pick up this! I am hopeful that over the next severals years the states will begin to fall like dominos. The Fed will have to ammend their position as this grassroots movement will be overwhelming.

    35. David says:

      Keep the Faith Alive Contact your Representatives Now. Painkillers, Alcohol and Tobacco are Killing to many Americans. Regulation is essential and the Tax Money is attractive.

    36. dk says:

      California has had medical marijuana for around 17 years. The sky hasn’t fallen. There haven’t been any crime waves.No massive loss of life. What more proof does anyone need that marijuana is safe to use ?

    37. salmonid says:

      yes CA has had medical but it has caused a huge influx of scumbags from the rest of the world to come here and grow for profit which has devastated fisheries habitat in many counties. Please legalize so prices will drop and these people will not profit from prohibition any longer!!!!

    38. Oops -492—not 492 it should 420!!! I vote yes…

    39. Deborah Dills says:

      If everyone had a bong, the whole country would get along. The hippies had it right all along.
      When the Southern states have started to open their eyes to marijuana decriminalization and some to legalize it, then you know public opinion has changed. I am so please the we here in WA State legalized this plant:-)

    40. Sean says:

      Live free or die New Hampshire. If you legalize marijuana then you deserve to live free. But if not…..

    41. Anonymous says:

      Live free or die

    42. bowlan says:

      i have to say if that bill makes it threw it will salve a lot of financial hardships for people in new hampshire. licence as a grower.

    43. anonymous says:

      When Lord?When can we finally live free to enjoy the fruit of ur seed.In the live free or die state.

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