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Decriminalizing marijuana?

Apr 01, 2017

On Tuesday, April 11 a Senate committee will host a public hearing on HB 640, a bill to decriminalize marijuana. Decriminalization would make possession of one ounce or less of marijuana a violation, similar to a speeding ticket.  Click here for more details on the issue. Every other state in New England has decriminalized marijuana.  That hasn’t stopped the New Hampshire Senate from voting down marijuana decriminalization every year since 2012. Read more about this issue. 

"Would you support the decriminalization of marijuana in New Hampshire?"

Discussion held on Citizens Count NH website and Facebook page April 1, 2017

736 citizens responded540 citizens were opposed to decriminalization of marijuana in New Hampshire112 citizens were in favor of decriminalization of marijuana in New Hampshire84 citizens commented on related questions or issues

What Participants Said

Yes: 540 citizens were in favor of the decriminalization of marijuana. 

  • “Yes. It's a good start, but it should be legalized, distributed like alcohol, and taxed.”
  • “People shouldn't have a mark on their record forever over pot. Also there are too many positive uses for the plant and evidence of medical benefits to ignore. It's time to decriminalize it!”
  • “I support decriminalization as a first step towards legalization… We need to stop imprisoning our youth and citizens for smoking this harmless herb. It ruins lives when people are caught with a small bag. It is unacceptable.”

No: 112 citizens were opposed to the decriminalization of marijuana.   

  • “I'd like legalized, not just decriminalized. Every state around us is going to be legal except the ‘Live Free or Die’ state.”
  • “Sorry, lawmakers: the majority of the people you supposedly stand for want more than just decriminalization.  We want legalization.”
  • “Will decriminalizing allow me to grow my own herb? If not, then I vote full legalization… Stop the corruption and control.”

Other: 84 addressed their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Legislative prospects: “I don’t see NH legalizing weed. They make too much money off prosecuting.”
  • Alcohol policy: “Take the real gateway drug, booze, off the highways.”
  • Clarification: “What’s the difference between decriminalization and legalization?”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Comments

Karrie Linke
- Campton

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 1:48pm

Comment: 

I am a 44 YO Navy Veteran, I have been diagnosed by a specialist that I have severe adult ADHD. I have been taking medication for about 8 years. I started going through the VA for my prescriptions. I was told last week that I can no longer receive any medication because I tested positive for marajana. I do use it to help the side effects from the medication I take. I do not drink alcohol and have never used any other illegal drugs.
I am now forced to go off all of my medication and have been going through all the withdraws from stopping cold turkey.
I was on stimulants for my ADHD, I understand how someone could turn to street drugs like meth when in the same situation which just makes the drug epidemic worse. It has been 10 days now with no medication, I am hanging in there but this is affecting everything from my work to my sleep.
That is my story, I hope this changes soon!

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Related Bill

HB 640 (2017)
Bill Status: Signed by Governor
Hearing date: Apr 11, 2017

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