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!

"Decrim," "Tax-and-Regulate" Bills Will Have Public Hearings Jan. 20!

Although we chose to focus exclusively on the medical marijuana issue in 2009, we have always believed that the prohibition of marijuana causes far more problems for society than marijuana itself could ever cause.  If you also believe that marijuana should be decriminalized or perhaps taxed and regulated, or if you are just curious and want to hear more about these issues, there will be hearings on two such bills next Wednesday, Jan. 20:

Medical Marijuana Passes NH Senate!

Learn more at NHCompassion.org, where you can also see our new tv ad featuring MS patient Sandra Drew (a retired nurse).

 

Union-Leader Endorses Medical Marijuana Bill

Visit NHCompassion.org for this and other news about HB 648, which passed the House 234-138 and is now in the Senate!

 

Laconia Citizen: "Pros and cons of medical marijuana debated at Laconia forum"

The March 16 medical marijuana forum at Lakes Region Community College was a great opportunity for the public to hear from both sides.  Here's the resulting article from The Laconia Citizen, and here's video of the hour-long event:

Part 1
Part 2

Telegraph LTE: Panel right to reject drugged-driving bill

(This LTE was published March 15 in the Nashua Telegraph.)

In this era of negative politics, it’s good form to applaud legislators when they do something right.

Parents Should Ditch Kids, Hang out with Cops?

When I read this article in the Concord Monitor about how zero parents attended a drug forum in Bow, I was amazed at the author's apparent confusion... had to write this LTE:  

Conservative Columnist Kathleen Parker Blasts War on Marijuana Users

"[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)

Here's the link.

 

Former State Senator Expresses a Novel Idea

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.

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