Strong majority support marijuana legalization - 2,125 participants

Jan 26, 2017

On the heels of recent votes to legalize recreational marijuana in the neighboring states of Maine and Massachusetts, a New Hampshire bill, HB 656, would legalize and tax marijuana cultivation and use for persons age twenty-one and older here in the Granite State. The bill outlines various regulations, from the ability of municipalities to control the location of marijuana establishments, to labels disclosing the THC in each serving of a marijuana product. Read more about this issue here. On January 26, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?” 

“Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents 

Marijuana Legalization New Hampshire Chart

Participation:

A total of 96% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 4% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 2,125 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 4,144 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: A strong majority, at 94% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in New Hampshire.

  • “Imagine the revenue the state could gain from legalizing something that's never killed anybody. Every other state in New England has accepted marijuana, it's time for NH to make that change.”
  • “It's far safer than alcohol, and the decision to consume it is not up to anyone but the consumer… Also, the war on drugs is causing more problems than the actual drugs themselves.”
  • “It's a beautiful, useful plant and should be legalized everywhere.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 6%, were opposed to legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in New Hampshire.

  • “Marijuana is a powerful drug… it should be a regulated prescription for those who need it.”
  • “Let Maine and Massachusetts be the pot [capitals] of New England.”
  • “Marijuana prohibition is a costly and harmful policy that should have been ended a long time ago. But no, it should not happen in the form of this bill, which is riddled with unnecessary meddling and taxation.”

Other: As noted above, 4% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues.

  • Policy process: “Put the vote to the people.”
  • Comparisons with alcohol: “What is the difference between smoking weed and drinking?”
  • Other implications: “If you have a job that does drug testing or you run heavy equipment or drive trucks, you will still not be allowed to smoke.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.

 

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HB 656 (2017)
Bill Status: In Committee
Hearing date: Feb 01, 2017

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