LFDA members divided on banning of synthetic products - 396 Responses

Aug 14, 2014

In response to a surge in overdoses on synthetic marijuana, including one week in which 34 were reported in Manchester, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members if NH should ban such products. Their response was clear, as 70% of respondents who directly answered the question said they support a ban on synthetic marijuana products, which is known as “Spice,” while 30% percent said they would not support it. However, of all those who offered comments, a third of them elected to discuss the subject in much broader terms. In total, the LFDA received 396 citizen responses, including specific comments 150 individuals supported by 234 concurrences.

For many who expressed support for the ban, the issue of safety was paramount. “This spice stuff is dangerous and needs to be gone,” noted one respondent. Added another respondent, “Thousands have overdosed nation wide in the last 2 to 3 yrs and it has not all been the same brand.”

However, many respondents questioned the effectiveness in banning anything. One gentleman responded, “Sure, it might stifle the issue short term and make us feel better for a bit, but it’s just a feel good measure that contributes to the larger problem we are facing.”

According to many respondents—regardless of their respective opinion on the ban—this larger problem is marijuana. In fact, most respondents who did not directly answer the question argued that if marijuana was legalized and regulated, then the market for potentially dangerous products like Spice would disappear. “Legalize cannabis and no one would touch this stuff,” said one respondent.

Click here to see the full Facebook discussion of this question.

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