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Majority of New Hampshire Adults Support Selling Marijuana at State Liquor Stores

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director February 13, 2013

    Polling data released this week by the University of New Hampshire found that a majority of adults in New Hampshire support selling marijuana at state liquor stores with regulations similar to how the state handles alcohol.

    The survey, conducted from January 30th to February 5th, asked 581 New Hampshire adults “if small amounts of marijuana were legalized for personal use in New Hampshire, would you approve or disapprove of marijuana being sold at state liquor stores and taxed at levels similar to alcohol or tobacco?” 56% of respondents said they approved of the concept, 37% said they opposed, and 5% were unsure.

    Respondents were also asked about their support for medical marijuana. 79% said they supported allowing doctors in New Hampshire to prescribe small amounts of marijuana for patients suffering from serious illnesses, only 14% were opposed, and 5% were neutral.

    Politicians in the state have the opportunity to act on this public enthusiasm, as there is currently both legalization and medical marijuana measures pending before the state legislature.

    If you live in New Hampshire, you can use NORML’s Take Action Center to easily contact your state officials and urge them to support these two important legislative measures. Click here for the marijuana legalization alert and here for the medical marijuana measure.

    There are dozens of other marijuana law reform measures pending in numerous states. Click here to find out if your state is one.

    28 Responses to “Majority of New Hampshire Adults Support Selling Marijuana at State Liquor Stores”

    1. aaron says:

      yea ok.

    2. BobKat says:

      HB 492 Now Pending!!!

      AN ACT relative to the legalization and regulation of marijuana.

      SPONSORS: Rep. Vaillancourt, Hills 15; Rep. Warden, Hills 39; Rep. Winters, Hills 18; Rep. Lambert, Hills 44; Rep. Robertson, Ches 6

      COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety

      ANALYSIS

      This bill:

      I. Legalizes the personal use of up to one ounce of marijuana by persons 21 years of age or older.

      II. Authorizes the licensing of marijuana wholesale, retail, cultivation, and testing facilities.

      III. Imposes a tax on the sale of marijuana.

      Link to HB 492: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2013/HB0492.html

    3. Raymond says:

      Need another 74,000 signatures by tomorrow Feb. 14 at http://www.whitehouse.gov/petitions. We petition the obama administration to:
      Legalize Marijuana at the Federal level.

      We need to legalize Marijuana at the federal level. Regulate and tax the drug like alcohol.

    4. fed-Up says:

      Well,i hope they are given a choice, and not given some corperate brand name
      monopoly, like the tobacoo industry does,that would overide all the distinct races of cannabis that have different flavors and subtle differences in effects.

      I still think the wine model would be most appropriate. But even at at liquor store…at least three different varities,you know,like–northern lights,skunk1# and the haze?

      kind of like the medicinal cannabis dispenceries do,no adulterants or foreign chemicals– keep it organic and safe for human consumption.

    5. Jack says:

      The last few legalization bills to come into vote failed about 1/4 for to 3/4 for. Medical will happen soon, i highly doubt NH will fully legalize soon though. Maine will.

    6. Jack says:

      The last few legalization bills to come into vote failed about 1/4 for to 3/4 against. Medical will happen soon, i highly doubt NH will fully legalize soon though. Maine will.

    7. Ben says:

      AWESOME!

      Moving in the right direction.

      Thanks NORML – keep up the good work.

    8. phrtao says:

      Still no news from the Federal Government about how they will reconcile the difference between state and federal laws on cannabis ? Surely everyone is waiting for this pronouncement before moving ahead. Public opinion will change as well depending on the outcome. How long can it take to work this out ? What could the feds have been doing for the last few months ?
      I think there is a deliberate tactic to say nothing but they owe it to the people to be clear about what is acceptable and what is not.

    9. Bob Constantine says:

      …and 100% of the negative respondents believed that THEY owned THEIR own bodies….while at the same time believing YOU don’t own YOURS.

      Astounding, eh?

    10. Don Berry says:

      Interesting. This means an adult could walk into a liquor store and buy a small amount of marijuana along with an unlimited amount of booze. It seems that the relative safety of marijuana compared to alcohol has yet to sink into the public consciousness and the legalization initiatives.

    11. Anonymous says:

      You would think the Live Free or Die state would have been first. ;)

      HB 492 (full legalization) – looks pretty clean though it does leave a little too many of the rules for the administrative branch to determine on it’s own.
      -15% tax; 1000$ application fee for permitting
      -Safe harbor for personal 6plant\3mature grow including safe harbor of non-sale transfer of up to an ounce to anyone 21 or over.
      - Some level of protection for applicants if governments is slow\non-responsive in issuing permits.
      - Some level of protection for municipalities which will be allowed to set plenty of restrictions on a permittee in their locality.
      ie towns that don’t want any part of it can more or less make it too burdensome to do business in the town.

      HB 573 is similar to NJ\MA’s medical bills, has a couple more protections for patients in there but also sets up a 3 ATC monopoly, something I think is less then desirable but it’s a no-brainier to pass if 492 isn’t going too.

      Good luck to those of you in New Hampshire.

    12. Stone Mountain says:

      You would think the Live Free or Die state would have been first. ;)

      HB 492 (full legalization) – looks pretty clean though it does leave a little too many of the rules for the administrative branch to determine on it’s own.
      -15% tax; 1000$ application fee for permitting
      -Safe harbor for personal 6plant\3mature grow including safe harbor of non-sale transfer of up to an ounce to anyone 21 or over.
      - Some level of protection for applicants if governments is slow\non-responsive in issuing permits.
      - Some level of protection for municipalities which will be allowed to set plenty of restrictions on a permittee in their locality.
      ie towns that don’t want any part of it can more or less make it too burdensome to do business in the town.

      HB 573 reads similar to NJ\MA’s medical bills, has a couple more protections for patients in there but also sets up a 3 ATC monopoly, something I think is less then desirable but it’s a no-brainier to pass if HB 492 isn’t going too get though.

      Good luck to those of you in New Hampshire.

    13. Joel: the other Joel says:

      I’ve purchased two volumes of Cannabis Sativa: The Essential Guide to the World’s Finest Marijuana Strains. With such information, it would be great to have such a guide to understand the varieties before making a purchase. Some like the affects of Sativa and others like the affects of Indica or both, and it would also help to understand the amount of THC and its affects on a particular strain.
      It would be just like wine but a much better treat– especially when cannabis is vaporized.
      Most people already knows that.
      If not you can always take a night class.

    14. Doc Vapor says:

      NORML For PM, Much love for the Winnipeg Chapter
      Vaporize all day, every day!

    15. Tom says:

      hopfully were heading in the right direction and im glad new hamshire is headed that way and its like this… a cop will pass a kid as young as 13 smoking a ciggerett and not care its like ya you get that cancer in you and then agian the cop will see a kid smoke a joint because they know it wont kill them and now he will say your going to jail buddy good luck with your future in some states then the kid comes out even worse or gose to a drug program than they say we have this type of medication for you to get off marijuana even though its worse but you dont know that i have SEEN IT this has to STOP keep fighting norml hofully most of US will be right behind you every step of the way and i think the age should be 18 to smoke it if your old enough to go to war at that age and and kill someone your old enough to smoke marijuana i dont care what anyone thinks thats just the way it is

    16. Voice of the Resistance says:

      WE hold these truths to be self evident. Now say I’m someone who does not like religion, is it right or proper for me to stand in front of the church and try to stop you from worshiping as you choose? What if I don’t like sex? Should I stand in your bedroom door and tell you that you can’t have it! I don’t like beer that much. However I’m not going to stand behind the bar and tell pepole that they must only drink coffee. Am I making any common sense here? Now can we have an end to this NONSENSE called marijuana prohibition?

    17. John Perkins says:

      Alcohol and marijuana are opposites .One example : Alcohol creates violence & aggression while marijuana doesn’t so they shouldn’t be sold in liquor stores .There’s no or little comparison . California is on top of it since marijuana is in a class of it’s own & sold in dispensaries not liquor stores .

    18. John Perkins says:

      Just read your note,Don Berry………and you have spoken the truth . There’s no comparison & those that support it being sold in liquor stores are totally ignorant since they haven’t a clue .

    19. Bobby Delco says:

      Funny thing is; what did all the colonists do with the leftover leaves from their hemp made clothing? That wasn’t no tobacco in the fore-fathers pipes. Legalization is centuries overdue. Tax it and help the debt!

    20. BobKat says:

      @Jack: You’re correct NH had a dismal past attempting to legalize very small amounts of cannabis, but then it’s not for lack of effort by the NH House; rather, it was Gov. John Lynch and his Senate henchmen who poisoned the garden.

      We have a new governor, and the NH House knows it – thus the pending vote on HB 492 that would legalize an ounce, and permit sale at liquor stores, and growing your own tiny garden. This is phenomenal progress. No pessimism please!

      @ Don Berry: Yes, you do speak the TRUTH. It is ironic that one could, if HB 492 passes enter a liquor store and purchase an ounce of weed. Yes, it is ironic as alcohol is by far more dangerous on many levels. I once witnessed several individuals who looked like young college students, but must have been 21, in a NH liquor store with a shopping cart over-flowing with bottles of whiskey, rum and tequila checking out. I asked the clerk when it was my turn in line – what’s my limit on how much alcohol I can buy? He said, “You can buy all the booze in the store if you have the money!”

      One of my least favorite sayings is, “if you give ‘em an inch they’ll take it to a mile”.

      @ John Perkins: You’re correct, there is “no comparison”. But WE have to start somewhere, so give us the inch. An “inch a day”, like “a penny a day” will work out to that mile(stone). It’s called a compromise. And a compromise is far better than what we have now.

      Alcohol and cannabis are different, vastly different. There are those who could use an ounce of cannabis in a day, just as they can drink a bottle of whiskey in a day. But neither person is the norm. For myself, an ounce of cannabis would last two months. Unless I want to make brownies or honey-slides. Regardless, an ounce a day is fine by me.

      @Tom: I agree. Those 18 or over should be permitted to use cannabis. They’re old enough to be drafted and maybe die for our country, old enough to smoke tobacco, and should be old enough to buy a plant that they feel benefits them, the life, liberty, and happiness. Alcohol on the other hand, keep it at age 21… it is too easy to do stupid, violent things using alcohol.

      Under 18… sorry, but we all know any of you will get any of them if you try, but a line should be drawn somewhere in the sand. Given the scientific facts, if I were a parent, of the three, alcohol and tobacco would be my primary concerns due to addiction and harm. Cannabis would be #3. Actually, upon reconsideration, sex and a Big Mac and fries might be #3… sugary soft-drinks #4, driving my car with your buddies #5, etc… and I really hope, if you are driving my car you don’t think being stoned on anything makes you a better driver! That’s a fallacy, and you should know that. Always use a designated driver!!! Please act responsibly.

    21. Anonymous says:

      By 2016 we’ll be talking about Red and Green states instead of Red and Blue.

    22. Jack says:

      @BobKat Unfortunately our current governor has already shown she does not want to comment on legalization, I have seen 3 videos of her being asked about it and she doesnt answer the question, she just says she is for medical and decriminalization. The guy asking the question specifically asked her about legalization and she specifically chose to answer the wrong question, multiple times.

      And I know the governor was responsible for vetoeing medical/decrim but the fact still remains that only 1/4 of the house voted for legalization, so it does have to do with their lack of effort.

    23. Michael Miller says:

      Liquor sales will go down. I guarantee it. The drop might be negligible at first, but after 2-4 years, it will be huge. Drunk driving accidents will go down, crime will drop, alcohol fatalities as a whole will drop.

    24. lockedoutofheshed says:

      you know, it will be awesome when we can consume and not be breaking the law but, i really dont want it sold in liquor stores either..that is a dead slam to cannabis..folks that dont know its effects group cannabis with liquor and that is not right.cannabis is very reasonable to use and function by as opposed to alcohol.i am a 32 yr vetran of cannabis and have lived a responsible life..i believe it has been a benefit to me physically as well as mentally. i know i couldnt say that if it had been alcohol.cannabis needs its own shop. let smoke shops do it.already has wisdom and knowedge and is already set up. kind of a no brainer….need some pros on the scene !

    25. Stone Mountain says:

      Tax it and help the debt!

      This is not the slogan you are looking for.

    26. Stone Mountain says:

      ” i really dont want it sold in liquor stores either”

      The bill (492) does not authorize that, but assuming that a liquor store filed the paper work and met both the state requirements and any local requirements imposed upon an approved retailer it certainly could happen. However if you live in NH you could take this issue up with your local\city government and suggest\petition that such be barred in your town if you so desire.

    27. Dave Evans says:

      I support selling it in liquor stores. Not from a “it’s the same as alcohol” mentality, but more from a “they already know how to card people for the most part.” I do not believe it should be restricted to liquor stores. For example, pharmacies also know how to card people.

      Security is also a concern. Not that pot causes trouble, but a large amount in at a location is a target for thieves like anything else of value.

    28. 9000mah???? says:

      I was placed on the waitlist this year, and I was wondering if any students had been admitted off the waitlist so far this year ? Its a bit discouraging being placed on a waitlist when so many other students with the same credentials were accepted first hand.

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