HB 656: Marijuana Legalization

call to action

On Monday March 12th, the House Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously to send HB 656, which would legalize marijuana, to interim study. Now, the full NH House will vote on the committee's recommendation. It's incredibly important that they hear from you about the detriment of legalizing marijuana and opening the door for marijuana commercialization to your family and community. Please take a few minutes to reach out to your representatives and ask them to agree with the committee's recommendation and vote for HB 656 to go to an interim study.

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Hi Representative ____________,

My name is ________ and I live in __________. I'm calling you to ask you to agree with the unanimous recommendation of the House Ways and Means Committee and vote that HB 656 go to interim study.

  • The policy in HB 656 as written is significantly flawed, especially since the amendment passed by the House in January did not receive a full vetting by the policy committee. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, please send the bill to Interim Study so the Legislative Study Commission on Marijuana, whose report is due out in November of this year, can complete it’s work.  This is a bad bill at the wrong time.
  • HB 656 allows for the possession, consuming, growing, and transporting of up to 6 plants of marijuana for personal possession and allows for a gifting loophole, as was recently stated by the New Hampshire Chiefs of Police
  •  It also allows for the transfer of  ¾ of an ounce of marijuana and marijuana infused products. This is bad policy if we want to  keep New Hampshire a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
  • Our youth would be detrimentally-affected. We've seen it in other states that have legalized recreational marijuana. The average rate of regular teen marijuana use in the legalized states of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington is 30% higher than the national rate (National Survey on Drug Use and Health). We already have an addiction crisis in this state. The very last thing we want to do is make it easier for kids to get their hands on a harmful substance during their brain development.
  • Marijuana legalization will have negative impacts on New Hampshire's workforce. As you know, employers in this state are already in a constant struggle to hire employees. Since marijuana legalization would make it harder for potential employees to pass drug screenings, and those drug screenings are critical to maintain safety in the workplace, passing this bill would only increase New Hampshire's workforce shortage and further hurt our businesses.
  • Even though retail sales are not outlined in this bill, proponents have been clear that that is the next step. This bill will open the door for Big Marijuana to enter our state. I certainly don't want that, and neither do most families with young children. We need to be attracting young families to New Hampshire, not enacting policies which would keep them away.

Opening the door for Big Marijuana is bad for New Hampshire. I hope that you will agree and vote that HB 656 go to an interim study. Feel free to call me back if you have any questions. Thank you for all of your work.

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