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Wednesday
Apr072010

Speakers Make Case for Decriminalizing Marijuana to New Hampshire Senate Committee 

HB 1653 Would Remove Criminal Penalties for Possession of Quarter-Ounce of Marijuana, Replace with a Fine of Up to $200 

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, a panel of witnesses told the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee how a proposed bill to decriminalize marijuana in the state would save law enforcement costs, allow police to focus on more serious crimes, and stop wasting resources arresting otherwise law-abiding citizens who choose to use a substance that is safer than alcohol. 

            Sponsored by Rep. Steve Lindsey (D-Keene), HB 1653 would remove criminal penalties for possession of up to a quarter-ounce of marijuana and replace them with a fine of up to $200. Last month, the bill passed the House of Representatives by a bipartisan 214-137 vote.

            “Even though most offenders in New Hampshire don’t actually get sentenced to jail for possessing one or two marijuana cigarettes, our state still goes through the expensive process of arresting these people, prosecuting them, and branding them with criminal records—all for using a substance that by any objective standard is safer than alcohol,” said Matt Simon, executive director of the New Hampshire Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy. “The conclusion reached by every study I’ve ever read on this subject is that the harshness of penalties has little or nothing to do with an individual’s choice to use or not use marijuana.”

            “I believe passage of this bill would simply mean we’ve gotten smarter,” said Rep. Joel Winters (D-Manchester). “That police would be able to waste less time dealing with marijuana users and have more time and resources freed up for dealing with serious crimes.” 

            In 2008, 65 percent of voters in neighboring Massachusetts voted to remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana and replace them with a $100 fine. Twelve states across the country, including Ohio, Mississippi, and North Carolina, have passed marijuana decriminalization laws. 

Under current New Hampshire law, possession of any amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense, carrying a potential penalty of up to one year in jail, a $2,000 fine, and a criminal conviction that could damage someone’s ability to find employment, secure government benefits, or qualify for student financial aid.

The bill would also require parents of offenders younger than 18 to be informed of the offense, and underage offenders would have to complete a drug awareness program within one year of the violation, or face a $1,000 fine.

Wednesday
Apr072010

RLCNH - AUTHOR NEWBERRY WILL TEACH NH RESIDENTS HOW TO WIN ‘WAR ON SU CCESS’ 4/17

Republican Liberty PAC, Cornerstone-Action PAC co-sponsor educational forum to benefit children and families

CONCORD, N.H. ― Tommy Newberry, the bestselling author of “The War on Success” and ardent advocate of the independent, entrepreneurial spirit that has brought widespread prosperity to Americans, will teach New Hampshire residents how to use the principles of accomplishment in the current political climate. Newberry will be the keynote speaker for an educational forum sponsored jointly by the Republican Liberty PAC and Cornerstone-Action PAC.

The established success coach and staunch defender of individual liberties, traditional values and free enterprise will speak at The Draft, 67 South Main St. in Concord at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 17 about the principles and habits of highly successful people and how to nurture these ideas at the family and community level. He will also outline a simple, 5-day plan to help New Hampshire residents combat and win the war of ideas against government leaders who think successful, hardworking people should support those who won’t work for what they have.

The New Hampshire Republican Liberty PAC and Cornerstone-Action PAC are organizing and sponsoring the event, which will cost $20 per person and will benefit the New Hampshire Families for Education PAC, which promotes local control of education, and particularly, family involvement in education.

“We are pleased to be teaming up with Cornerstone to advocate for families and support education in New Hampshire,” said Jim Forsythe, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire. “When it comes to success, liberty means that people get to keep what they work for, and spend it on what they want. We hope people who understand that liberty and capitalism must be taught to our youth will come out and learn the principles that will help ensure it.”

In his book, "The War on Success," Newberry explains how President Obama and his cronies in Congress have declared a war of ideas against wealth creators. Using "the cloak of 'fairness' and 'compassion’," they encourage the redistribution of wealth and dependence on the government. Newberry asserts that more taxes, regulations and bureaucracy will saddle people who create wealth with unsustainable burdens as a result.

Within the next 10 years, noted Economist A. Gary Shilling predicts that two-thirds of Americans will receive some form of government assistance, with the last third footing the bill. More than half of Americans are currently dependent on government assistance, he has said. This has to change if America is to remain free.

Newberry’s 5-day plan will teach New Hampshire residents how to explain why this level of dependence won’t work, and how to make sure they don’t become dependent themselves. He will explain how hard work, success and private property are what made America the greatest and most generous nation on Earth, and why it is good for a nation’s citizens to be prosperous.

Tickets to hear Newberry speak at the RLCNH Forum at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 17 cost $20 for individuals. It costs $100 to sponsor the event. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online by visiting the RLCNH Web site at www.rlcnh.org or by contacting the NH Republican Liberty PAC at info@rlcnh.org.

Wednesday
Apr072010

NH DHHS - Youth Tobacco Survey 

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services, Tobacco Prevention & Control Program (TPCP) today releases the findings from the 2007-2009 Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS). The Survey provides comprehensive data from both middle school and high school students.

“We are making progress and seeing a reduction in the use of some tobacco products, such as cigarettes,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “This is important from a prevention standpoint because tobacco is a leading cause of cancer and a number of chronic diseases in our population. Still there are concerns that young people may be increasing their use of other tobacco products such as smokeless tobacco, which opens the door to nicotine addiction and future smoking.”

The Youth Tobacco Survey is funded by a cooperative grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report is conducted every two years by the TPCP and contains tobacco-related questions that are supplemental to other surveys, such as the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which provides only prevalence data. There are 74 tobacco questions in the YTS that cover tobacco use (i.e., bidis, cigarettes, cigars, kreteks, tobacco pipes, and smokeless tobacco); exposure to secondhand smoke; smoking cessation; school curriculum; minors’ ability to purchase or obtain tobacco products; and knowledge and attitudes about tobacco and familiarity with pro-tobacco and anti-tobacco media messages.

Some of the major findings from the YTS conducted during the years 2001 through 2009 include:

The smoking prevalence for New Hampshire high school students has significantly declined from 25.3% in 2001 to 16% in 2009.
There is no significant difference in the smoking prevalence between male and female students; 15.8% of female high school students smoke compared with 16.5% of male students.
High school males were more likely than high school females to smoke other tobacco products, such as cigars, tobacco in a pipe, bidis (thin cigarettes made of tobacco flake wrapped in a leaf and secured with a colored thread on both ends), or kreteks (cigarettes made with a blend of tobacco, cloves, and other flavors), or to use spit tobacco.
Most high school current smokers obtained cigarettes by giving someone else money to buy cigarettes (33.2%) or by “bumming” them (29.0%).
Twelve percent of high school current smokers reported purchasing their own cigarettes from a store or vending machine, which in most cases means underage access to tobacco.
Forty percent of current high school smokers said that they would like to quit, 52% said that they tried to quit, and 39% of former smokers said that they have remained tobacco free.
84.5% of high school students reported seeing images of tobacco used by actors on television or in the movies and 25.5% reported seeing tobacco used by athletes on television or in the movies in the past year.
The proportion of high school students who have been exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke by being in a room or in a car with a smoker declined significantly from 72% in 2001 to 54.2% in 2009, indicating changing attitudes and an increasing number of smoke-free homes in New Hamsphire.

This survey is one of the topics DHHS is focusing on this week in recognition of National Public Health Week. For more information about National Public Health Week go to www.nphw.org. For more information about the Youth Tobacco Survey please call the NH TPCP at 1-800-852-3345 x6891 or view it on the NH Department of Health and Human Services website at www.dhhs.nh.gov after 2:05 today. For more information about quitting tobacco, go to www.TryToStopNH.org or call the NH Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-Try-To-STOP (1-800-879-8678).



Wednesday
Apr072010

Memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The month of April marks the 42nd anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We are commemorating the life and work of Dr. King by creating a memorial in our nation's capital. The Washington, DC, Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial will honor his life and contributions to the world through non violent social change. I'm reaching out to ask if you and your readers would help spread the word by posting about this wonderful project on Nh Insider.

I've put together this blogger-friendly micro-site to help get the message out - there are videos, photos, banners, and even a web toolbar that, when used, donates money to the creation of the memorial:

http://mlkmemorialnews.org

After years of fund raising, the memorial is now $14 million away from its $120 million goal. This will be more than a monument to a great humanitarian, the National Memorial will be a place for visitors from around the world to share the spirit of love, freedom, and peace. If you are able to post or tweet about this please let me know so I can share it with the team. If you have any questions please pop me an email. And if you are able to help, thank you so much.

Lowell


Wednesday
Apr072010

Statement by ALG President Bill Wilson on Goodwin Liu Nomination 

April 6th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement regarding the failure by Obama nominee to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Goodwin Liu to provide 117 items asked for by the Senate Judiciary Committee, including speeches, publications, and other background materials:

"Goodwin Liu's lack of candor in filling out his application for employment as a Member of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals would disqualify him from consideration by any Human Resources office in America, and it should sink his confirmation to the federal court.  This wanton disregard for the Constitutional process of Senate confirmation only confirms Professor Liu's own writings that show he believes the U.S. Constitution is barely even a guideline for judicial rulings."