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