Despite overwhelming public support for reducing New Hampshire‚Äôs draconian marijuana penalties, today New Hampshire senators voted 14-10 to kill this year‚Äôs marijuana decriminalization bill. This marked the seventh time since 2008 that the House has passed a decriminalization bill only to watch it be shot down by prohibitionists in the Senate.
If you are a New Hampshire resident, please take a moment to thank or criticize your senator for his or her vote.
Fortunately, there is a bright side: Election season is just around the corner, and three prohibitionist senators have already said they will not be running for re-election. Also, Gov. Hassan is leaving the governor‚Äôs office to run for U.S. Senate, so New Hampshire will have a great opportunity this year to finally elect a governor who is willing to demonstrate real leadership on marijuana policy.
We have lost another battle with HB 1631, but¬†don‚Äôt despair! With statewide polls now showing 62% support for legalization, it is only a matter of time before we prevail and end New Hampshire‚Äôs foolish, counterproductive war on marijuana.