House committee hears testimony yesterday on bills to decriminalize marijuana possession and tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE —Advocates of marijuana policy reform appeared in the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee yesterday afternoon for public hearings on H.B. 1653, a bill that would “decriminalize” the possession of small amounts of marijuana, and H.B. 1652, a bill that would tax and regulate marijuana for purchase and use by adults.
“Regulating marijuana makes sense not just because of the money it would save New Hampshire, but because prohibition clearly causes more problems than marijuana itself,” said Rep. Calvin Pratt (R-Goffstown), one of four co-sponsors of the tax-and-regulate bill, along with Rep. Joel Winters (D-Manchester), Rep. Carla Skinder (D-Cornish), and Rep. Timothy Comerford (R-Fremont).
“Unless we want New Hampshire dollars to continue supporting the work of criminal gangs and violent cartels, it makes total sense to consider regulating marijuana similarly to the way we regulate a more dangerous drug, alcohol,” said Matt Simon, executive director of the NH Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy.
The decriminalization bill is sponsored by Rep. Steven Lindsey (D-Keene).
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