NH citizens support allowing marijuana cultivation centers near schools - 374 citizens, 790 responses

Aug 19, 2015

In August, Prime Alternative Treatment Centers of NH, which was selected to run one of the state’s four medical marijuana dispensaries, proposed a cultivation center in Peterborough approximately half a mile from ConVal Regional High School. In response, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members, “Should medical marijuana cultivation centers be allowed near schools?” 

A total of 83% of respondents answered the question directly or with a concurrence. Out of these responses, a 90% majority said they would support allowing marijuana cultivation centers to be located near schools with 10% against it. Of the remaining respondents, 16% opted to discuss the subject in broader terms while 2% commented on unrelated issues. In sum, 374 citizens participated in the discussion with a total of 790 responses. 

Many of those who supported the idea of having cultivation centers near schools noted that such facilities are legal, while others commented on the health benefits of marijuana. “It's a natural medicine that heals without chemical side effects that harm the body,” said one respondent. “I see no problem where it's grown.” Others argued that if pharmacies can be near schools, then so can cultivation centers. One woman added, “I see no problem with this. Pharmacies hand out medications that are much more powerful and much more addictive than marijuana.” 

For those against, the placement of cultivation centers near schools simply didn’t make sense. “A drug-free zone is a drug-free zone—period,” said one respondent. “There's no reason for them to be in drug-free zones. We have more than enough space to put them in other places.” Others expressed concern that medical marijuana will be abused. Another rhetorically noted, “In our anything goes, don't offend anyone, live and let live, freedom to do anything society, why not sell it in vending machines in the school?”

Many respondents who did not provide a direct “yes” or “no” to the question honed in on related issues, such as the placement of liquor stores near high schools and the nature of medicines dispensed at hospitals. Others expressed disdain for marijuana itself, including one gentleman who remarked, “Pushers of marijuana for general consumption are as dangerous as the drug itself.”

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

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