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"Study Bill" Passes House in Uncontested Voice Vote!

I'm happy to report that HB 1373, a bill “establishing a committee to study the effects of current state and federal laws on illegal drugs and the possession and use of such drugs,” passed the House today on a voice vote.  This means that none of the bill's few opponents even bothered to insist on a counted "division" vote, let alone a recorded "roll call" vote.

House Committee Votes 16-2 in Favor of Marijuana Decriminalization!

HB 1653 has been recommended "ought to pass" by the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee by a surprising 16-2 margin (read the Eagle Tribune's story here).  If this bill becomes law, possession of 1/4 ounce or less of marijuana will be a violation instead of the current Class A misdemeanor, with a fixed penalty of $200, no threat of incarceration, and no criminal record generated.

House Will Vote Wednesday on Whether or Not to Study Drug Policy Issues

The NH House of Representatives will vote Wednesday, Feb. 10 (***postponed, vote now expected Feb. 17) on HB 1373, a bill which seeks to create a study committee that would look more closely at the effects of state and federal drug laws on NH.  Here are the details:

Should NH Choose Reefer Madness or Common Sense?

Another video from the Jan. 20 hearings:

More Popular than Apples?

Did you know that marijuana is the #2 cash crop in New Hampshire, behind only hay?  Here are the average values per annum in 2003-2005, from this 2006 study by Jon Gettman:

Hay: $16,163,000

Marijuana: $10,349,000

Apples: $6,637,000

And let's not forget that only a small percentage of the marijuana consumed in New Hampshire is produced here in the state!

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