Update on HB 656, Marijuana Legalization
On Tuesday, February 13th, advocates filled the House Ways and Means Committee's hearing room to argue against HB 656, which would legalize marijuana in the Granite State. Thank you to the many advocates who turned out and testified in opposition to marijuana legalization at the hearing! The committee heard from a number of concerned New Hampshire citizens who argued that the passage of HB 656 would result in increased costs to the state.
Members of Dover Youth2Youth testify in opposition to marijuana legalization
New Futures testified that this legislation will result in an increase in public health and safety costs without a revenue source to pay for the unintended consequences as we have seen in other states who have passed this legislation. Our testimony also highlighted studies have shown increase marijuana use leads to lower productivity in the workplace, higher absenteeism rates, and greater risk of workplace accidents. See our full testimony here.
The many other advocates and professionals, including representatives of prevention groups, the New Hampshire Medical Society, the New Hampshire Chiefs of Police Association, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the New Hampshire Police Association, and the Catholic Bishop of Manchester, who testified against legalization highlighted concerns related to public health and safety, youth access, current substance use costs to New Hampshire, and increased regulation costs to law enforcement.