"[Michael] Phelps may be an involuntary hero to this charge, but his name and face bring necessary attention to a farce in which nearly half the nation are actors. It's time to recognize that all drugs are not equal -- and change the laws accordingly." (Washington Post, February 4, 2009)
In this Jan. 16 article for the NH Business Review, former state Senator Burt Cohen observes that although it isn't likely to happen anytime soon, ending marijuana prohibition "would inarguably cause far less harm and raise more, and more reliable, revenue" than a reform that is being seriously considered: expanded casino gambling.
Two historic ballot initiatives were successful in the Nov. 4 election. The airwaves in Massachussetts and Michigan were blitzed by ridiculous attack ads from the drug warriors, but voters tuned out the noise and passed two major reforms.
This video from the Marijuana Policy Project provides a synopsis of where Barack Obama, John McCain, Bob Barr, Ralph Nader, and Cynthia McKinney stand on drug and marijuana policy. Definitely worth a look!
We've had a pretty good response from the surveys we sent to candidates, and of course, we know how all the incumbents voted on HB774 (medical marijuana) and HB 1623 (reducing penalties) in 2007-2008. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what town you live in -- we will be happy to tell you which candidates in your area support marijuana reform!
David Orde, the friendly farmer who runs Lull Farm in Hollis, faces possible
felony charges for growing 16 marijuana plants at his house. When
confronted by police, he responded with a flinty New Hampshire-style
defiance that has resonated with sympathizers across the state: "Yes,
I’m not going to hang my head in shame; I smoke a little pot," the investigating detective reported him saying.
Hundreds of curious New Hampshire residents attended the 3rd Annual Live Free or Die Rally in Jaffrey Aug. 26. Many stopped by this table and spoke with either Phillip Allen Coan (left) or Matt Simon (right) about marijuana policy reform.