Concord, NH -- After being rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 4-0 vote last Thursday, HB 1623 was defeated this afternoon in a voice vote by the full Senate. The bill, which would have reduced the penalty for possessing less than a quarter ounce of marijuana, had been marked for death since it received a rare veto threat from Governor Lynch following passage by the House.
"The Exchange" is a very influential hour-long program on New Hampshire Public Radio, and the effort to reduce marijuana penalties was featured Friday, April 25 in a show called "The Mellowing of Marijuana Laws," guest-hosted by Richard Ager. Matt Simon of NH Common Sense and Chief Richard Crate of the Enfield Police Department were in studio for the show, joined by call-in guests Rep. Jeff Fontas, Sen. Lou D'Allesandro, and LEAP's Richard Van Wickler. Enjoy!
Toby and Nick did a super job covering the April 22 hearing, lots of good video and analysis!
Thanks to "Biker" Bill for this!
Top statehouse reporters Tom Fahey and Kevin Landrigan covered HB 1623 in their Sunday columns and mentioned our favorable poll results. Here's Fahey's mention in the Union-Leader:
Edwards told us "the hardest thing for us has been the fact that the governor and majority leader wanted to end the conversation before it even started."
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE — A clear majority of New Hampshire voters favor legislation to reduce the penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, according to a recent poll. The poll of 625 registered voters was conducted by telephone April 7 to 8 by Mason-Dixon Research for the Marijuana Policy Project and NH Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy.
This 8 minute segment for NH Public Television (opens in RealPlayer) is a must-watch. NH Outlook's Richard Ager interviewed Gov. Lynch, Sen. Foster, Rep. Bedrick, Rep. Tholl, Rep. Fontas, a judge, and a bunch of college students, but the story is focused on a very courageous individual by the name of Sam Peret. Share it with your friends and family! (Seriously, this clip would be a great introduction to HB 1623 for that family member you've been afraid of approaching.)