"Political Chowder" Serves up a Bowl of Common Sense Marijuana Policy

Share this 18 minute clip from Arnie Arnesen's "Political Chowder" with your friends! Arnie discusses HB 1623 with Superintendent Rick Van Wickler (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) and the bill sponsors, Rep. Jeff Fontas and Rep. Andy Edwards.  This show aired Feb. 3.

Concord Monitor: Marijuana ban failing just as Prohibition did

by Matt Simon, Jan. 30

The hearing on HB 1623, the bill to reduce penalties for marijuana possession, made for some interesting drama in the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

Police Chiefs Would Consider Prohibiting Alcohol?

Hard to believe, but Berlin Police Chief Peter Morency actually said it at the Jan. 22 hearing on HB 1623. Morency, president of the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police, was testifying on behalf of his association in opposition to the bill, which would reduce penalties for possessing less than 1.25 ounces of marijuana.

Prison Superintendent Speaks in Favor of HB 1623!

This was an exceptionally strong bit of testimony from Superintendent Richard Van Wickler of the Cheshire County Department of Corrections. Van Wickler is the latest member of the New Hampshire law enforcement and criminal justice community to join Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (L.E.A.P.).

Telegraph Endorses HB 1623!

This is an excellent development, an endorsement from the Nashua Telegraph!

HB 1623 in the News, Plus Video from the Hearing!

Lots of good media Wednesday following a very successful hearing:

Nashua Telegraph: "Lawmakers weigh easing rules on pot"

Concord Monitor: "Bills would lessen penalties for marijuana"

Legislators, Law Enforcement, Advocates Hail Bill to Reduce Penalties for Small Marijuana Offenses

NH Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE — A bill to reduce marijuana penalties drew wide support in the state legislature today. Sponsored by Reps. Jeffrey Fontas (D-Nashua), Andrew Edwards (D-Nashua), and Charles Weed (D-Keene), HB 1623 would reduce the penalty for possessing less than 1.25 ounces of marijuana from a class A misdemeanor to a violation punishable by a maximum fine of $200.

Former Senator Boyce Takes "Pot-Shot" at NH Common Sense

NH Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In a Jan. 8 blog post entitled "Dirty tricks in the NH primary?", former Republican State Senator Robert Boyce insinuated that the New Hampshire Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy (NH Common Sense) might be responsible for conducting illegal push-polls.

NH Common Sense Issues Report Card, Launches 'Decrim' Petition

NH Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy

The New Hampshire Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy today announced the launch of its online petition to support a marijuana decriminalization measure in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The bill would reduce penalties for possession of less than 1.25 ounces of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a "civil violation" offense punishable only by a fine.

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