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Tuesday
Feb172015

MPP - News Conference and Committee Hearing re: Bill to Reduce Marijuana Penalties 

 

Supporters of Bill to Remove Criminal Penalties for Marijuana Possession in New Hampshire to Hold News Conference TODAY at 1:30 p.m. ET Prior to Committee Hearing

 

Bill sponsors will be joined by attorneys Paul Twomey and Jonathan Cohen, and Matt Simon of the Marijuana Policy Project, at event prior to House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee hearing on HB 618

 

CONCORD — Supporters of a bill to remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana in New Hampshire will hold a news conference today at 1:30 p.m. ET in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building prior to a hearing on the bill by the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

 

The bill sponsor, Rep. Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket), will be joined at the event by bill cosponsor Rep. Joe Lachance (R-Manchester), attorney Paul Twomey, attorney Jonathan Cohen, and Matt Simon of the Marijuana Policy Project.

 

The committee hearing isscheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET in Room 204 of the Legislative Office Building.

 

HB 618, sponsored by Rep. Schroadter and a bipartisan group of seven co-sponsors, would make possession of up to one ounce of marijuana punishable by a civil fine of up to $100. It would also make cultivation of up to six marijuana plants a Class A misdemeanor instead of a felony. Currently, possession of any amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000. New Hampshire is the only state in New England that treats simple marijuana possession as a criminal offense with the potential for jail time.

 

“This bill represents a big step toward more sensible marijuana policies in New Hampshire,” said Matt Simon, the Goffstown-based New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “There is no reason to saddle someone with a permanent and life-altering criminal record for using a substance that is safer than alcohol.”

 

WHAT: News conference and House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee hearing regarding bill to remove criminal penalties for marijuana possession (HB 618)

 

WHEN: Tuesday, February 17, news conference at 1:30 p.m. ET, committee hearing at 2:30 p.m. ET

 

WHERE: News conference in lobby of the New Hampshire Legislative Office Building, 33 N. State St., Concord; committee hearing in Room 204

 

WHO: Rep. Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket)

Rep. Joe Lachance (R-Manchester)

Paul Twomey, Esq.

Jonathan Cohen, Esq.

Matt Simon, New England political director, Marijuana Policy Project

 

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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 http://www.MarijuanaPolicy.org.

Saturday
Feb142015

NHProviders - Addiction service providers applaud Governor Hassan’s budget priorities

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The NH Alcohol and other Drug Service Providers Association applauds Governor Hassan’s commitment to substance misuse prevention, treatment, and recovery as evidenced by her focus on addressing the addiction epidemic in her proposed budget. The solutions proposed in Governor Hassan’s budget that include reauthorization of the NH Health Protection Program, extending a substance use disorder benefit to the traditional Medicaid population, and increasing funding to the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, Treatment and Recovery are an incredible step in the right direction towards improving the health of our citizens and ensuring economic prosperity for New Hampshire.

 

Presently, only five percent of those that need treatment for alcohol and other drug misuse in NH are able to access the services they so desperately need. The treatment providers in the state have been working around the clock to accommodate the facility and administrative changes that must be made in order to accept NH Health Protection Plan clients. Governor Hassan’s reauthorization of the program, in addition to extending the substance use benefit to the traditional Medicaid population, will ensure that those who need treatment will finally be able to access it and that programs will be ready and able to accept them. If New Hampshire even doubles the amount of treatment available, the return on investment will be significant, with approximately $227 million in annual savings.

 

“For years, prevention, treatment and recovery services have been hanging on by a thread. In a time where services for substance misuse are overwhelming necessary, Governor Hassan’s commitment to resources that address our addiction epidemic is a saving grace for our programs and the hundreds of New Hampshire citizens that are dying at the hands of a disease that is 100% treatable,” said Abby Shockley, executive director of the NH Providers Association.

 

The New Hampshire Alcohol and other Drug Service Providers Association is a nonprofit membership association that represents individual and agency providers of substance misuse prevention, treatment and recovery services.

www.thenhproviders.org

 

Thursday
Feb122015

SEIA - Solar Job Growth Benefitting Economy, Environment 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Saying it revealed “very encouraging trends,” Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), today applauded the findings of The Solar Foundation’s latest State Solar Job Census.

“Solar energy continues to be one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States,” Resch said. “The latest state-by-state breakdown of solar jobs nationwide not only shows impressive growth by our industry – but it also reveals some very encouraging trends. Big gains in employment are no longer limited to solar-friendly California and the sunny Southwest. Employment is also booming in East Coast states, including Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina and Maryland, while significantly growing in the southern states of Texas, Georgia and Florida.

“From coast to coast, solar is having a huge impact on both our economy and environment. Today, the solar industry employs nearly 175,000 Americans and pumps more than $15 billion a year into the U.S. economy – and we’re just scratching the surface of our enormous potential.”

According to SEIA/GTM Research, the U.S. has an estimated 20 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar capacity, enough to effectively power nearly 4 million homes in the United States – or every single home in a state the size of Massachusetts or New Jersey – with another 20 GW in the pipeline for 2015-16. In addition, innovative solar heating and cooling systems (SHC) are offering American consumers cost-efficient, effective options for meeting their energy needs, while lowering their utility bills.

From an environmental perspective, solar helped to offset an estimated 20 million metric tons of harmful CO2 emissions in 2014, which is the equivalent of taking four million cars off U.S. highways or saving 2.1 billion gallons of gasoline.

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About SEIA:

Celebrating its 41st anniversary in 2015, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.

Thursday
Jan222015

SEIA Continues to Push for Negotiated Trade Solution

WASHINGTON, DC - As expected, the U.S. International Trade Commission today upheld the imposition of tariffs against Chinese and Taiwanese solar products, as part of a 2014 investigation into allegations of unfair trade practices.  After the decision was announced, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released the following statement:

“Today’s decision represents a clear setback for the U.S. solar industry. Yet despite punishing tariffs, and the market uncertainty they have created, our industry has been able to persevere so far in the face of needless and counter-productive litigation.  U.S. solar manufacturing and services jobs continue to grow, while solar prices continue to fall. 

“But consider how much better, and stronger, the U.S. solar industry would be doing without hundreds of millions of dollars in added tariff costs. In all likelihood, the industry would be well ahead of its goal of installing 10 gigawatts (GW) of new solar annually. We’d also see a robust and growing U.S. polysilicon industry, shipping billions of dollars in exports and benefitting our economy. Instead, we’re now faced with U.S. polysilicon plant closures and layoffs. And through it all, SolarWorld has gained little to nothing from its short-sighted litigation. 

“There is, however, a clear path forward – one which will help SolarWorld, restore U.S. polysilicon, and boost the U.S. solar industry overall. That path involves a negotiated solution, recognizing broader industry interests. We’re not talking about an unrealistic minimum price regime or unreasonable quotas – and certainly not a two-tiered minimum pricing scheme. Rather, it’s a solution which addresses U.S.-China competitiveness concerns, directly benefits U.S. solar cell and module manufacturers and allows the broader U.S. solar industry to reach its full potential. The SEIA settlement proposal, or U.S. solar manufacturing fund concept, represents that smart path forward. It’s time to turn the focus from litigation to negotiation. We remain convinced that a fair settlement is still possible.”

 

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About SEIA:

Celebrating its 41st anniversary in 2015, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.

Thursday
Nov062014

SEIA Urges ‘Collaborative Approach’ to Solving Nation's Problems 

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – With widespread voter dissatisfaction evident in Tuesday’s national and state elections, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), today urged Republicans, Democrats and independents to take a more “collaborative approach” to solving many of the nation’s pressing problems:

“As a national association of leading businesses – with more than 1,000 member companies located in 48 states – we remain completely committed to finding commonsense ways to create new jobs, stimulate economic development, remove market barriers and improve our nation’s energy security.  With the elections now behind us, it’s critically important for our leaders in Washington, as well as our state capitals, to put aside their differences and work together to find real solutions that will grow our economy and put more people to work.  As one of the fastest-growing industries in America, solar is a shining example of how stable, consistent and reliable public policies – such as the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and Net Energy Metering (NEM) – are paying huge dividends for our economy and environment.  As pundits analyze the results of Tuesday’s elections, here is one important mandate to remember: Polls consistently show that 9 out of 10 Americans want to see an expanded use of solar energy nationwide.  We stand ready to work with Congress, our nation’s governors and state legislatures to make that a reality.” 

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About SEIA:

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.