Cannabis liberalization has become a hot topic across the country, and almost every state has taken steps to decriminalize, legalize, or commercialize. Here in New Hampshire, cannabis has been decriminalized, meaning that those found in possession of small amounts of cannabis receive a fine instead of criminal charges and incarceration. Additionally, New Hampshire allows for the therapeutic use of cannabis (medical cannabis).
Two house bills look to commercialize cannabis in New Hampshire:
HB 639 looks to establish procedures for the legalization, regulation, and taxation of cannabis and the licensing and regulation of cannabis establishments.
HB 544 aims to legalize the retail sale, possession, and use of cannabis for persons 21 years of age and older.
New Futures opposes HB 639 and HB 544 because these bills fail to include our organization's principles required for responsible cannabis commercialization policy and regulation.
If New Hampshire moves in the direction of legalizing recreational cannabis through a commercial model, it is imperative to get the policy right from the start. Optimal cannabis commercialization policy for our state must utilize the best available scientific evidence to reduce public harm, limit youth and problematic use, and purposefully advance social justice and equity in the state.
Public hearings for both bills will take place on Wednesday, January 25th at the State House in Rep's Hall. HB 639 will be heard at 1:15 pm, followed by HB 544 at 1:20 pm.
Take action by:
- Virtually sign in to OPPOSE the bills at the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs hearing on January 25th (one sign-in per bill). Add written testimony if you'd like.
- Email House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee members to encourage them to oppose the bills for failure to include key principles.
- Attend in-person at the State House - let us know if you're interested.