Video of Rep. Jason Bedrick's Floor Speech

For those of you who missed the March 18 floor fight and vote, I'm editing and posting bits of it as time allows. This speech by Rep. Bedrick was outstanding and very persuasive!

Concord Monitor Says House Was Right to Pass HB 1623

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!

Manchester Mayor Sends Kids the Wrong Message about Democracy

NH Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE — A letter from Manchester mayor and likely gubernatorial candidate Frank Guinta shocked political observers after being reported in today's Union-Leader. In the letter, Guinta asked State Rep. David Scannell (D-Manchester) to resign from his position as spokesman for the Manchester school district after voting in the 193-141 majority for HB 1623, a bill reducing the penalty for possession of one-quarter ounce of marijuana to a violation punishable by a $200 fine.

House Passes Marijuana Sentencing Reform Bill

NH Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy

 

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE -- House members today defied expectations and passed a bill to reduce the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana, 193-141, overriding the recommendation of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, which voted HB 1623 "inexpedient to legislate" last month.

WMUR Says No to Drugs

I didn't see it myself, but I've gotten a few panicked calls from people who watched WMUR last week to hear Scott Spradling announce that a marijuana bill had been defeated. They thought the popular marijuana reform bill, HB 1623, had gone down in an unexpected "surprise" vote of the New Hampshire House.

More Good Ink: The Boston Globe

From the Boston Globe, Feb. 24:

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."

House Committee Deals Setback to Marijuana Sentencing Reform

NH Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE — Supporters of the effort to reduce marijuana penalties in New Hampshire knew they'd encounter skeptics in the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, and that proved to be the case this afternoon when the committee voted HB 1623 "Inexpedient to Legislate." Sponsored by Reps. Jeffrey Fontas (D-Nashua), Andrew Edwards (D-Nashua), and Charles Weed (D-Keene), HB 1623 would reduce the penalty for possessing small

Why we fight over marijuana policy

Got a few things off my chest with my latest blog at NHInsider.com. Plus, this is a really good article in the Eagle Tribune, yet another police officer speaking out!

 

House Subcommittee Passes Marijuana Reform Bill

NH Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE — The effort to reduce marijuana penalties in New Hampshire took a step forward in the legislature today, as a subcommittee of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee approved HB 1623 in a 3-1 vote.

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