This was a great segment by our friends at Keene Free Minds TV! Interviews with Superintendent Richard Van Wickler of L.E.A.P. and Matt Simon of NH Common Sense.
Carl Hedberg -- March 20, 2008
When I ventured up to Concord earlier this year to testify in favor of decriminalizing marijuana in the state, I invited my 12-year-old daughter to come along. She and her sister are home-schooled, and it seemed like an excellent opportunity for a civics lesson.
Today (3/20) we received another awesome endorsement from the major media, this time from the Concord Monitor! More info will be posted soon on how we will be approaching the Governor and the Senate, so stay tuned!
David Welch, one of Weare's fellow members on the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, understands the concerns of decriminalization critics but the Kingston Republican believes it's time to talk — especially about the long-term potential harm to young people caught in the capricious nature of the criminal justice system.
Welch said that "young people do a lot of foolish things" and that a misdemeanor record for possessing a small amount of marijuana can haunt someone for life. They can be banned from scholarships and federal Pell grants — or even from serving as a police officer and in the armed forces.
Matt Simon, executive director of the New Hampshire Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy, said it was clear from the House committee's actions this month that legislators "are becoming increasingly concerned about the unintended consequences of marijuana prohibition."