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New Hampshire Marijuana Study Commission To Hold First Meeting

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Controversial New Hampshire Marijuana Study Commission to Hold First Meeting Tuesday

Group will examine impacts of marijuana legalization, taxation, and regulation; advocates opposed creating the commission because it is overwhelmingly comprised of reform opponents

CONCORD, N.H. — On Tuesday, the inaugural meeting of New Hampshire’s marijuana legalization study commission will take place in Concord. The commission, which was created by the passage of HB 215, is tasked with studying the potential impacts of legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana for adults’ use.

The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. in Room 201 of the Legislative Office Building in Concord. Advocates will be there to observe and participate, despite the concerns they have raised regarding the make-up of the commission.

“This commission has a fantastic opportunity to learn what is really happening in states that have pioneered sensible marijuana regulations,” said Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Sadly, the commission includes staunch opponents of reform such as the Association of Chiefs of Police and New Futures, but supportive organizations such as the ACLU-NH were excluded in the language of the final bill. Additionally, none of the six legislators who were appointed to the commission has ever publicly expressed support for ending marijuana prohibition.”

“Regardless of what this commission decides to recommend, most Granite Staters clearly recognize that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol, and they’re ready for the state to start treating it that way,” he said.

Eight states have enacted laws legalizing and regulating marijuana for adult use, including Massachusetts and Maine, all through ballot initiatives. A poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center in April and May of 2017 found that 68% of Granite Staters support legalizing marijuana.

WHAT: First meeting of New Hampshire’s marijuana legalization study commission

WHEN: Tuesday, October 17, at 9 a.m. ET

WHERE: Legislative Office Building Room 201, 33 N State St., Concord

WHO: Study Commission Members
Matt Simon, Marijuana Policy Project

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The Marijuana Policy Project is the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization. For more information, visit http://www.MarijuanaPolicy.org.

The above press release from the Marijuana Policy Project is reprinted with permission.

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DC Alert: Allow Medical Marijuana Without Doctor Involvement

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D.C. bill would dramatically expand access to dispensaries

Ask your councilmembers to support access to the regulated market

Dear Supporter,

Councilmember David Grosso (I, at large) has introduced a bill, B22-0446, that would allow anyone 21 and over to access a dispensary if they provide a signed affidavit that they are using marijuana for medical purposes and are aware of state and federal marijuana laws. It is being co-sponsored by Robert White (D, at large), Brianne Nadeau (D, Ward 1), and Vincent Gray (D, Ward 7).

Please click here to thank them and to ask your other councilmembers to support it!This bill would allow many more people to access the regulated dispensary system who are currently forced to shop in the grey market if they are unable to cultivate their own cannabis. It will increase public safety, because disputes in illicit markets are often solved with violence, and protect public health, because consumers will know what they are purchasing. The bill would also give patients a safe, lawful place to consume cannabis outside their home.

Additionally, this bill allows D.C. to move forward in expanding access to cannabis in an environment where Congress is blocking it from setting up adult-use retail stores. It gives people who cannot afford to see a doctor access to this medication and could also facilitate access for people who may be struggling with opioid addition, for whom studies suggest marijuana can be an “exit drug.”

Please ask your councilmembers to support this bill, and ask your friends in D.C. to do so as well.

In Solidarity,
Kate M. Bell, Esq.
Legislative Counsel
Marijuana Policy Project

This action alert from the Marijuana Policy Project was republished with permission.

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Rep. Earl Blumenauer Starts Marijuana-Focused PAC

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NORML Founder Keith Stroup to Speak at First Annual Cannabis Fund Gala & Awards

Event to be hosted by Founder & Honorary Chairman Earl Blumenauer

Portland, OR:​ The Cannabis Fund, a PAC created by Representative Earl Blumenauer to support cannabis-friendly candidates, will be hosting its first annual gala & awards on October 6th at the Marriott Waterfront in Portland, OR with NORML founder Keith Stroup as a featured speaker.

“It is an honor to support Rep. Earl Blumenauer and The Cannabis Fund in 2017. I first met the Congressman in 1973, when he was a freshman state legislator in Oregon who helped pass the nation’s first marijuana decriminalization bill, ending the practice of treating marijuana smokers as criminals. It is exciting to see him continuing to lead the charge to legalize the responsible use of marijuana under federal law, co-founding the Cannabis Caucus in Congress, and author HB 1823, the Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act,” said Keith Stroup, founder of NORML, “NORML is proud to stand with Rep. Earl Blumenauer in his efforts to end marijuana prohibition and establish a regulated market.”

What: The Cannabis Fund First Annual Gala & Awards
Where: Marriott Waterfront – 1401 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97201
When: Friday October 6th at 6:30pm PST

Congressman Blumenauer Profile:
For more than 40 years, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) has fought for the reform of our outdated marijuana laws.

As an Oregon state legislator, Blumenauer supported the Oregon Decriminalization Bill of 1973, which abolished criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996, he has championed several legislative efforts to protect medical marijuana patients, allow the federal government to tax and regulate marijuana, and normalize taxes and banking for marijuana businesses in states where it is legal.

Blumenauer received the National Organization for the Rationalization of Marijuana Laws Award for Outstanding Public Leadership in 2010 and the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Legislative Leadership Award in 2013. In February 2017, Blumenauer launched the bipartisan Congressional Cannabis Caucus.

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NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of
marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high-quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable.

Find out more at NORML.org

The above is a press release from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, republished with permission.

Photo courtesy of Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington.

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