HB 656: Marijuana Legalization
call to action
Bad news for New Hampshire: on Tuesday, January 9th, the House of Representatives voted to amend and pass HB 656, relative to the legalization of marijuana. This bill, which was voted "Inexpedient to Legislate" in the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, would have a negative affect on our youth, workforce, and overall public health in New Hampshire. Now, the House Ways and Means Committee will need to hear and vote on the bill. 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 these representatives and ask them to vote against HB 656.
Talking points for your call
Hi Representative ____________,
My name is ________ and I live in __________. I'm calling you to ask you to vote against HB 656 regarding marijuana legalization/commercialization in New Hampshire.
- 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 against HB 656. Feel free to call me back if you have any questions. Thank you for all of your work.
Once you've made your calls, sign up to join us and testify at the hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee on February 13th at 10:00 a.m.