Commonsense - NH Senate Committee Will Hear Testimony on Bill to Study Drug Policies Tomorrow

After rejecting a marijuana decriminalization bill, senators will consider proposal to study effects of current state and federal laws

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – One week after the Senate voted to defeat a marijuana decriminalization bill, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider public testimony on a bill that would permit a deeper study of drug policy questions by the New Hampshire legislature. HB 1373, which passed the House in an uncontested voice vote Feb. 17, would create a study committee of three House members and two senators “to study the effects of current state and federal laws on illegal drugs and the possession and use of such drugs.”

WHAT: Hearing on HB 1373, a bill creating a study committee to evaluate the effects of state and federal drug policies

WHO: Advocates expected to speak include:

  •  Rep. Joel Winters (D-Manchester), prime sponsor of HB 1373
  •  John Tommasi, former Salem police sergeant who spent two years working undercover as part of the New Hampshire Drug Task Force, currently Senior Lecturer in Economics at Bentley University
  •  Matt Simon, executive director for the NH Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy

WHEN: Wednesday, April 28 at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: State House Room 103