Press Statement

APRIL 4, 2019

CONTACT: Meghan Farrell, 508-423-5185


CONCORD, N.H. – This afternoon, in a 200-163 vote, the New Hampshire House passed HB 481, to legalize and commercialize marijuana. The bill will now move on to the State Senate for consideration. In response, Kate Frey, Vice President of Advocacy at New Futures, released the following statement.

“Simply put, HB 481 does not consider the health and well-being of our families and communities. This legislation does not put into place the necessary regulations or protections for our children that should come with commercialization, including earmarking funds raised for substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery. Our state is not prepared to address the detrimental effects that HB 481 will have on our children and our communities.  New Hampshire deserves better, and the narrowing margin of today’s vote shows that many legislators understand that. We look forward to working with the Senate to keep New Hampshire healthy.”

New Futures is a nonpartisan, nonprofit health policy and advocacy organization that advocates, educates, and collaborates to improve the health and wellness of all New Hampshire residents.