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Should N.H. legalize marijuana? A dozen views to consider

Should New Hampshire legalize marijuana? Last week, the New Hampshire House said yes – despite Gov. Maggie Hassan’s vow to veto such a bill if it reaches her desk. Here are a dozen more views to consider:

“This is the first time any state legislative chamber has approved such a bill, so it’s great to see that New Hampshire legislators have been willing to evolve along with the shift in public opinion.” Matt Simon, Marijuana Policy Project.

“Cannabis is a dangerous drug and as such is a public health concern.” American Medical Association House of Delegates, in reaffirming its opposition to legalization in November.

“This isn’t primarily a political movement anymore. It’s becoming a thriving industry.” Taylor West, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, in an interview with Time magazine.

“The legalization of marijuana is moving fast in parts of the United States, and it looks as though the domino effect could quickly move to other states such as Vermont.” Former Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy, chairman of Project Smart Approaches to Marijuana, in an interview with Fox News.

“Just as we would no longer say women have to go back in the kitchen or gays have to go back in the closet, we recognize that times have changed. We are no longer slaves to our misguided past.” Manchester Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, sponsor of the New Hampshire legalization bill

“It’s an issue that the Democrats can use to pump up the youth vote. The politics of it are dangerous for the GOP.” Alex Patton, Republican political consultant, commenting on a Republican effort to keep a legalization measure off the ballot in Florida, in an interview with Bloomberg News.

“A perception of legal marijuana as safe, combined with sophisticated marketing, may well double or triple pot use.” Dr. Mitchell Rosenthal, founder of the Phoenix House drug treatment program.

“It’s important for (marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington state) to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished. . . . Having said all that, those who argue that legalizing marijuana is a panacea and it solves all these social problems I think are probably overstating the case.” President Obama, in an interview with The New Yorker

“The Obama Administration’s decision not to prioritize the prosecution of the large-scale trafficking and sale of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado will contribute to these problems. . . . I appreciate the challenges facing law enforcement in dealing with the mixed messages on marijuana being sent by the Obama Administration and some states.” Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, complaining that increased marijuana was coming into his state from Colorado, where it is now legal.

“I do think America’s under a certain amount of competitive pressure. We like to think of ourselves as the leading power, and we’re an aging 4 percent of the world’s 7.2 billion people. So I think we have to stay alert and heads up. I don’t know if everybody’s going to pot that that’s going to be a positive path forward.” California Gov. Jerry Brown, in an interview with the Washington Post.

“It’s a nonstarter for me.” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in an interview with the New York Daily News.

“The (Colorado) rollout’s gone amazingly well, and we knew it would. We’re on the right side of history.” Christian Sederberg, an attorney who helped implement the Colorado law, in an interview with Time magazine.

“Our visitors are interested in recreating in a nontraditional way.” Bruce Brown, a Colorado district attorney, in an interview with the New York Daily News.

“I guarantee you one thing. We waste a lot of time and law enforcement going after these guys that are smoking marijuana.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in an interview with the Las Vegas Sun

“Maybe we should legalize. We’re certainly moving that way as far as marijuana is concerned. I respect the will of the people.” Arizona Sen. John McCain, in response to a question at a September town hall meeting

Legacy Comments11

Liberals - sheeeesh !!! The narrowing of the "liberal" mind can be measured by the ever growing list of things they want to ban. Light bulbs, tanning beds, puppy mills, Happy Meals, plastic bags, firearms, insecticides, sonar, foie gras, the internal combustion engine, trans fats, Big Gulps. They tell kids what food they must eat, the size of your toilet and they remove salt from restaurant tables.—the list goes on and on. Winston Churchill……"Liberalism in the United States has been subjugated to the omnipresent wrath of degeneration. It has digressed to the point that liberal policies can only lead a learned person to the conclusion that the malignant ideology, philosophy, and cerebral deficiencies of this league of mountebanks is patently indistinguishable from any organized group bent on destroying the fundamentals of this country" Only a LIDV could be for legalizing Marijuana.

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I wonder if Governor Hassan has considered that if people hadn't stopped doing what she's doing today that she wouldn't even be allowed to vote right now? Discrimination is WRONG no matter what form it comes it. Marijuana is a far less-harmful and less-addictive alternative to alcohol and we could prevent a lot of the harm that alcohol causes by giving people the right to choose marijuana instead of alcohol. There is as much scientific and moral justification for keeping marijuana illegal as there was for denying women the vote.

Ah, um, dang I forgot what I was going to say. Do some research and get informed!

Reality is this more than 70% of all American consumed a addictive intoxicant last year....alcohol. If another intoxicant becomes available, it is doubtful that more Americans will use an intoxicant, be it alcohol or the new intoxicant. Put simply, if someone does not currently consume alcohol, they most likely going to consume the new intoxicant. What if the new intoxicant is significantly less addictive and less dangerous than alcohol? Considering that individuals have limited financial resources to spend on intoxicants, the new intoxicant becomes a substitute for the more dangerous intoxicant. Marijuana is less addictive than alcohol. The simple fact individual can overdose alcohol and die and an individual cannot overdose on marijuana means marijuana is dangerous than alcohol. The question do we want to replace a dangerous highly additive substance with less additive and less dangerous one.

“Cannabis is a dangerous drug and as such is a public health concern.” American Medical Association House of Delegates, in reaffirming its opposition to legalization in November." Last week my physician prescribed a drug for a condition I have. The pharmacist, as usual, provided a white paper. At the top of the page it stated, "This drug can cause death". What hypocrites the AMA are.

Well, imagine inhaling the smoke from a fire, the smoke from smog and the smoke from cigarettes (which have filters). You really think that inhaling the smoke from pot with no filter really is not harmful to your lungs? Logic would dictate something different. Now I support this in a way because an adult should be able to take responsibility for their own body. But you progressives are always saying that people who smoke and drink are raising health premiums. Are you sure that you want this to increase premiums as well. Most folks who want this legalized want to get high, period. It speaks to the reasons why people drink and smoke pot in the first escape reality. Do we really want to support that? I don't really know.

Good points, but my post is about the AMA, who are in the pocket of the pharmaceutical companies.

I go along with you on that one. The same is true about the use of supplements like vitamins, minerals, etc. The FDA can't be trusted to comment on supplements either.

Actually several studies have been done on the harmful effects of cannabis smoke. According to real science, cannabis smoke is not harmful. It can be an irritant but that is the extent of it. The whole idea that cannabis smoke is dangerous comes from the idea that all smoke is dangerous. The idea that all smoke is dangerous come from the fact the tobacco when smoked causes cancer. The thing people never remember is smokeless chewing tobacco also cause cancer at the same rate as smoking in regards to percentage of users. If you put tobacco with human cells over and over again, cancer cells will start to form. If you put cannabis in with the cancer cells, the cannabis will kill all of the cancer cells and at the same time protect all of the healthy cells. See the difference. God did not create all smoke equal. In fact, two studies found that people who smoked cannabis are 4 times less likely to get cancer than people that do not smoke at all. Cannabis kills cancer. Cannabis also treats almost all disease. The government has said on multiple occasions that it is one of the safest, most therapeutical plant known to mankind. The problem is the government has also been systematically lying to us for 7 decades about it's harms. I do not smoke anything. I do not condone anyone smoking anything around other people or children. Cannabis is not just about smoke. Cannabis is currently being approved all over the country for young children for cancer and epilepsy. Places like Alabama and Georgia are getting ready to approve CBD cannabis for children. Get with the program and type some questions into to google. Be informed. This is one of the best medicines ever discovered and no one can refute that. It is not about smoking!

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