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 May 21, 2016

new hampshire medical marijuanaI received the following disappointing message out of New Hampshire late this week. No one should ever be arrested for cannabis:

Today, the New Hampshire Senate had a golden opportunity to reduce marijuana possession penalties, but they failed to seize it. Rather than passing SB 498, which had been amended by the House to decriminalize possession of one-quarter ounce or less of marijuana for first offenses, the Senate voted to send the bill to a conference committee. This committee will be comprised of three senators and four representatives, who will meet to discuss a possible compromise between the two chambers.

Sadly, the three senators Senate President Chuck Morse named to the committee have all opposed reducing marijuana possession penalties to a violation: Sen. Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith), Sen. Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry), and Sen. Andrew Hosmer (D-Laconia). Since a conference committee must unanimously agree on a final bill or else it simply dies, there is little reason for optimism. However, it is still very important for senators to hear from supporters.

Please take a few minutes to find out how your senator voted on the previous decriminalization bill — then call your senator to say thanks or to express your displeasure.

It’s also important for people to understand that if Gov. Maggie Hassan had supported this bill in any way, the outcome would likely have been very different in the Senate. Fortunately, New Hampshire will be electing a new governor and several new state senators in November — stay tuned for updates as election season approaches!

Please also share this message with your family and friends.


Matt Simon
New England Political Director
Marijuana Policy Project



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  11 Responses to “New Hampshire: Senate Punts Marijuana Decriminalization Bill To Hostile Conference Committee”


    Live Free or Die…unless we [your local corrupt government] see your choices as bad for you. Nanny state control regarding cannabis consumption is dying, but not quickly enough. The people must create the change they wish to have.


      I hadn’t put their state motto together with their obstinacy on cannabis until you mentioned it. They sure know how to do hypocrisy in NH, and a not bad imitation of King George III paying no heed to public opinion.


        Which is ironic because a NH congressman was the first to sign the declaration of Independence.


          You have to remember ——— this is a TOTALLY DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT these days. It’s no longer “FOR THE PEOPLE”. It’s now, “What’s in it for me? OR I just don’t have the balls to take that stand OR I have to “support” the people that pay me off … ”
          Whatever the case, this is not your great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather’s government ——- NOR IS IT OURS, ANYMORE…


    It makes me feel like a bit of an asshole to say this… I can’t wait until these dinosaurs just die off already. Every other state in New England has decriminalized possession. Do they really think they’re maintaining some moral ground, while out-of-staters make their way over for cheap beer, cigarettes, and fireworks? NH truly is New England’s Alabama.


    One of the state senators running is Maggie Hassan vs Kelly Ayote, a Republican. I don’t know Ayot’s stance, but Hassan certainly hasn’t been a supporter.














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