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MPP - NH Medical Marijuana Hearing and News Conference

New Hampshire Senate Committee to Hold Hearing Tuesday on Bill That Would Provide Legal Access to Medical Marijuana                                                                    

HB 1622 sponsor Rep. Donald ‘Ted’ Wright will join medical marijuana patients and advocates for a pre-hearing news conference at 10:30 a.m. ET in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building


CONCORD — The New Hampshire Senate Health, Education, and Human Services Committee will hold a public hearing Tuesday regarding a bill that would provide licensed patients with legal access to medical marijuana while the state develops a system of regulated cultivation and distribution.

Rep. Donald “Ted” Wright (R-Tuftonboro), who is sponsoring HB 1622, will join medical marijuana patients and advocates at a pre-hearing news conference at 10:30 a.m. ET in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building. The committee hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET in Room 103.

"My weight is down to around 60 pounds, and I have no appetite without cannabis," said Clayton Holton, a Dover-based medical marijuana advocate suffering from muscular dystrophy, who will not be attending the hearing because he is no longer able to travel. "Where is the compassion for patients like me who are literally wasting away because of these delays?"

HB 1622 would allow licensed medical marijuana patients or their designated caregivers to possess up to two mature marijuana plants and twelve immature plants or seedlings. Patients and caregivers would be required to report their cultivation locations to the Department of Health and Human Services, and they would lose their ability to cultivate once an alternative treatment center opens within 30 miles of their residence.

"If this bill passes, New Hampshire will continue to have one of the strictest medical marijuana laws in the nation," said Matt Simon, the Goffstown-based New England Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project. "At least it will help those desperately ill patients who cannot wait any longer for legal access to medical marijuana."

WHAT: News conference and State Senate Committee hearing regarding HB 1622, which would allow licensed medical marijuana patients or caregivers to cultivate limited amounts of medical marijuana while the state develops a system of regulated alternative treatment centers

WHEN: Tuesday, April 8 — news conference at 10:30 a.m. ET; Senate committee hearing at 11 a.m. ET

WHERE: News conference in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building, 33 N. State St., Concord; Senate committee hearing in Room 103

WHO: Rep. Donald “Ted” Wright (R-Tuftonboro), sponsor of HB 1622

Matt Simon, New England Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project

Frank Paine, Center Sandwich medical marijuana patient

Christine Lopez, Manchester medical marijuana patient

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The Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization, has been responsible for changing most state-level marijuana laws since 2000. For more information, visit


NCMHR - URGENT ACTION ALERT: Tell your Representative no on HR 3717! 



Call your Representative NOW (click the envelope to find their phone number).


Why call NOW? The Murphy bill is picking up steam fast:


Ø  More Representatives are signing on—especially Democrats.

Ø  Yesterday’s tragic shooting at Fort Hood could make more Representatives sign on, for the wrong reasons.

Ø  hearing at 10:30 ET today will promote HR 3717 and vilify people in recovery.


Please Make this call NOW and leave the following message:


“I am (name, city). Tell my Representative NOT to cosponsor HR 3717, the Murphy mental health bill. It would hurt people like me, not help us. This Bill discriminates against people with mental illness.  It strips our rights and protections against abuse.  It increases forced psychiatric treatment that is traumatizing, criminalizing and scares people from seeking help.  It ends grants that help the most vulnerable people in our district. It will NOT make our community safer.”


(Leave your phone number if you want a return call.)


Please call your Representative TODAY. Your voice counts if you make the call!


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National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery
Tel:  877-246-9058




Josiah Bartlett Center - Dickens, Budgets, and Charter Schools 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center

Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire
Two issues this week. Charter Schools and Charles Dickens. I enjoyed writing the piece which uses my favorite Charles Dickens quote to pass on the advice of Mr. Micawber to today’s lawmakers (though, of course, you and I could benefit by reminding ourselves of this truism now and then). You don’t have to be the greatest Dickens fan to believe that Micawber’s insight is as profound as it is simple.
The second issues unfolded last week. Distressingly, charter schools are sometimes used as a political football and otherwise sensible, seemingly non-controversial proposals get caught in the political vortex. That happened with a bill related to a modest charter funding change. Problematically, I made a mistake and needed to correct it in a column two days later. Both columns are reproduced here. Everything I said in the first column about misleading information was true with the exception of authorship. Charter schools were being attacked with incorrect information designed to confuse the issue. That information was contradicted by the official fiscal note produced by the department of education. I assume that the department wasn’t the author of the contradictory and incorrect information. I was wrong. In fact, the department authored and stands by both the right information and its incorrect rebuttal. If one is right the other is wrong but they have the same author. No wonder legislators were confused and changed their mind. It is very sad but the attack on charter schools continues despite their amazing success and is at least somewhat more muted here than in places like New York City.

The great economic principle of our time comes not from an economist or a banker but from the great Mr. Micawber, a somewhat comic character created by Charles Dickens.  Wilkins Micawber had figured out the central organizing fact of modern life when he suggested to young David Copperfield, “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the God of day goes down upon the weary scene, and  – and in short you are for ever floored.”...Click here to keep reading


In Wednesday’s column about a misleading attack on charter school funding, I made a big mistake. I want to correct my mistake about the source of the very misleading information that was circulated and explain to you how I made the mistake and the problem with the information. It’s important that you feel free to agree or disagree with my conclusions but not have cause to doubt my information....Click here to keep reading


A modest normalization of charter school funding, although long overdue, has become a political football and subject of misinformed and purposely misleading arguments to try and kill it. The truth, easily discovered, is that the proposal covers fewer than 2% of students and involves less than 2% of state education funding and continues to ask charter schools to prosper with less than half the funding of traditional schools....Click here to keep reading


NH Sen. Boutin Defends NH Equestrians 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Manchester, NH – State Senator David Boutin defended New Hampshire’s equestrian community at a Manchester Water Works public hearing on new rules to restrict horseback riding throughout the Lake Massabesic watershed. Boutin (R-Manchester) joined nearly 300 concerned citizens to testify against the proposed rules, citing a lack of any scientific evidence that restrictions on equestrians would do anything to improve or protect the region’s water quality.

“New Hampshire’s equestrians are among the best stewards of our public lands, and have been using and protecting Lake Massabesic for centuries,” Boutin said. “The Manchester Water Works Committee may have the best of intentions to protect water quality, but these proposed rules are not supported by any scientific evidence, and would do nothing but restrict the ability of horseback riders to enjoy one of our state’s greatest multi-use resources.”

Horse owners and riders packed the Manchester Public Library for last night’s public hearing on the proposed rules. Boutin has already convinced the State Department of Environmental Services to withdraw similar restrictions on horseback riding. Boutin was also instrumental in blocking last year’s proposal to ban horseback riding in state parks. His efforts drew praise from the crowd and from the state’s equestrian community.

“He was amazing. The amount of work that Sen. Boutin put into getting the details to the Water Works Committee was amazing,” said Doug Whitfield of Manchester. “He did a great job for his constituents, and for anyone who uses the lake.”

Attachment- Caption- Senator David Boutin (R-Manchester) testifies before Manchester Water Works Committee on effect of proposed restrictions on NH equestrians.


NH House Republican Alliance: Statement on HB1570 Paint Tax

The House Republican Alliance comments on  HB1570 - A, a bill to establish a new fee on household paint.

"This bill adds a new fee to every can of paint purchased in New Hampshire, making our consumer goods more expensive. Anyone who wants to paint a room in their house, fence, or their doghouse will now pay more. Any new building and home construction will be more expensive, making our affordable housing, less affordable," stated Rep. Russ Ober- Hudson.  "Further, the amendment to HB1570 never received a public hearing before Ways and Means to discuss these new fees.  All tax and fee bills are to go to Ways and Means per house rules."