NH House Votes For Further Cannabis Decrim and Home Grow by Veto-Proof Margin!

Cannabis

It’s a plant. Holding it should not result in jail.

Three years after cannabis possession by adults in New Hampshire was first decriminalized, there’s another bipartisan house bill in play this session that will go even further. I recently reported here on HB 1648 when NH 2020 gubernatorial candidate “Nobody” and I went to testify at the house committee hearing for the bill. Of all the speakers at the hearing, only one person spoke against it. Not even the police bothered to send a speaker to speak against the bill – it was an amazing hearing.

Now, the votes are in from the full state house, and it has passed the house with a veto-proof margin – 236 to 112! Though it was veto-proof, it was just barely so, with just over 67% of those attending today voting in favor of it. In 2017, the state house voted nearly 90% in favor of the initial cannabis decrim bill.

HB 1648 is a really good cannabis decrim bill that improves on the one passed in 2017 that made possession of under 3/4ths of an ounce of flower and under 5 grams of concentrate a violation instead of a misdemeanor. If it passes this year, HB 1648 will eliminate any penalty for people over 21 possessing those amounts. It will no longer be something police can act on at all. The bill, significantly, also allows adults to grow their own cannabis at home.

The bill is not perfect, of course, as I pointed out during my testimony in the two-hour long hearing. It still treats people under 21 like children by retaining violation-level penalties for people between 18 and 21, and also penalizes people under 18 for possession by forcing them into the juvenile system. That’s not fair or right. Also, the limits on the amounts that would be legal to possess are too low. That said, it’s a major step in the right direction and does it without creating a taxing and regulatory structure. Also, please note my summary of the bill is based on its text as-introduced. It was passed with an amendment that is currently not available to read online.

Hardcore civil disobedient activists who came out in the rain for 4/20/2019!

Hardcore civil disobedient activists who came out in the rain for 4/20/2019!

Next, the bill heads to the NH senate and its sponsors already include one democrat and one republican state senator, so hopefully that bodes well for its chances. We know that the current republican governor, Chris Sununu signed the first cannabis decrim bill in 2017 but has opposed legalization. That he opposes legalization is actually a good thing however, as all of the legalization bills so far have included regulations and taxes on cannabis. People who want freedom support ending prohibition but should not support taxing and regulating cannabis. Cannabis should be free to grow, sell, and possess without any penalty and that includes having to beg permission from the state gang to offer it to others.

While the decriminalization bill doesn’t decrim sales of cannabis, it is still a big step away from reducing the harm done to adults by the insane war on drugs and allows people over 21 to possess it without fear of police assault. Hopefully the governor will support this continued decriminalization of this amazing plant. If not, hopefully the NH senate will also pass it with a veto-proof margin. Stay tuned here to Free Keene for the latest.

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15 Comments

  1. HB 1648 isn’t law as of yet. There are still a couple of hurdles in the way. Illegal drugs are Illegal drugs. Maggie Hassan is against illicit drug use including marijuana except for “medical instances” This bill is nothing more then a slight change of wording to HB 656 (2017-2018).

    Believe it or not, no one under 21 should be using marijuana. It has too many side effects and causes a host of problems in teens to young adults. You can still go to a pediatrician at 21 years old and in some instances older.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pediatrics

    There have been concerning studies that show a higher incidents of brain damage, lung damage, liver damage, and immune system damage and that is just the beginning. Marijuana is being grown to have much higher THC levels. 20-35% is where the limit seems to be now. That will fry a young persons brain. Your liver doesn’t stop growing until you are around 24 years old. Your brain doesn’t stop growing until around the same age. No one wants a brain fried child to take care of all their lives.

    If republicans are predominate in the Senate you just may not see your bill pass Should any of it pass, you can be expected to see higher taxes put on the sale of marijuana along with higher fines.

    By the way, having RP give any kind of say will only hurt your long term goals. The best he can offer is how to roll a joint.

  2. -Jumping Jacks

    – Maggie Hassan is against illicit drug use including marijuana except for “medical instances”

    Who the fuck cares what Maggie H thinks? She’s in the US Senate, not the NH Senate. Which means she doesn’t get a vote on this, dumbass.

    – Believe it or not, no one under 21 should be using marijuana. […] You can still go to a pediatrician at 21 years old and in some instances older.

    I don’t believe you. Anyone who rambles on for two sentences about how 21-year-olds should still be seeing pediatricians isn’t levelheaded enough to have any opinion that’s worthy of consideration.

    – No one wants a brain fried child to take care of all their lives.

    Under Obamacare we still have to pay their health insurance until they turn 26. I don’t want to do that either, dickwad. So what’s your point?

    – If republicans are predominate (sic) in the Senate you just may not see your bill pass Should any of it pass, you can be expected to see higher taxes put on the sale of marijuana along with higher fines.

    Is your head so firmly wedged up your ass that you can’t even bother to look up how many Republicans there are in the NH Senate? There’s 10 of ’em, dickwad. The other 14 are Democrats. And I can expect higher taxes from all 14 of those assholes no matter what they’re voting on, now can’t I dickcheese?

  3. They should eliminate the Senate

  4. Jumping Jacks:

    “If republicans are predominate (sic) in the Senate you just may not see your bill pass Should any of it pass, you can be expected to see higher taxes put on the sale of marijuana along with higher fines.”

    Are you really so retarded as to not understand 5th grade level reading material? The article clearly states this doesn’t include taxation of any kind. While I suppose there is a theoretical possibility of the bill being amended or the bill passing in the senate being different there is no reason believe that this would involve any kind of taxation. This bill is not a bill that legalizes sale as the article clearly points out.

    Fuck man. How do people like jacks manage to get onto the internet in the first place? His reading comprehension is so fucking poor I’d be shocked if he’s got enough brain cells to do it alone. People need to stop helping morons like him get online. I’m sick of having to respond to him and dumb asses like him.

  5. Obligatory mention of State duplicity and coverup regarding “controlled drugs” …

    The Clown State of New Hampshire never published their “controlled drug schedule” in a statewide newspaper as both the laws on statutory construction (rsa 21:32) and controlled drugs (rsa 318:B) indicate was supposed to happen. Whoops! All those people “illegally” prosecuted, I’m sure the state will arrest itself soon.

    Until they clandestinely covered their error via a hidden amendment to rsa 21:32 buried in prohibitionist Governor John Lynch’s budget bill in July 2011, there were no “controlled drugs” in New Hampshire, since no local schedule existed, absent publication, well according to “the law”, anyway. I wonder if they’ve discovered the “other legal errors” baked into their present policy? Some people have….Hmmm.

    Now get up, drink your coffee and go to work, slaves!

    IF / When Nanny says it’s time for you to have a little weed, you’ll buy it from Nanny!!

  6. kk – More obligatory comments and droning statements. Until you really post something of consequence, your little rants and raves make no sense. Go see the wizard and get a new brain. Make sure it has all the functions needed to have a conversation. I suggest you grow up or you will continually be looked at as a fool

  7. -Jumping Jacks

    Ease off the MDMA, bruh, and save it for those miserable street twats you get all your handies from.

  8. Sununu is a homo

  9. Flaming, bruh.

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  11. t rex: The content on freekeene.com is mostly if not entirely original. In my humble opinion it is some of the best reporting in the state on the issues covered. If only there were more people like Ian. There are others who partake occasionally in filming or writing stories, but it’s pretty rare. There are activists and then there are informants working for the FBI posting as activists. Those we call the super activist. Ian is such a super activist it’s hard to believe that he isn’t an information or FBI agent. If the FBI wants to drive more people to NH though all the better for the rest of us.

  12. t rex game – I admire your loyalty but don’t close yourself off. There are many periodicals out there with more concise and proven facts about illicit drug use, the negative affects, and the social and criminal consequences of using those drugs. A lot of Ian’s back up proof is him and the freekeeners but mostly Ian.

  13. -Jumping Jacks

    -There are many periodicals out there with more concise and proven facts about illicit drug use, the negative affects, and the social and criminal consequences of using those drugs.

    Those criminal consequences are exactly what Ian and the rest of us object to, bruh. State agencies are cashing billions of dollars in taxpayer checks to arrest and imprison addicts. That money would be much better spent elsewhere.

    -A lot of Ian’s back up proof is him and the freekeeners but mostly Ian. (sic)

    Uh huh. Well, we’ll try to keep that in mind, bruh.

  14. Ossifer Bruhbrady – You said nothing of consequence. The system isn’t just busting and imprisoning “addicts” as you say, They are also shutting down drug rings, and distributors. Where ever there is illegal meds being sold, that money goes back to many other crimes that are just as severe or more. Human trafficking, prostitution, murder, drug cartels, economical problems, social problems, burglaries, violence.

    No one ever said they want to grow up and be a drug addict.

    “Those criminal consequences are exactly what Ian and the rest of us object to”.

    What is going on with this bill isn’t just to lower addicts in jails. There will always be addicts in jails. This turns into a catch 22. The government will shell out a lot of taxpayer money for education, methadone clinics, support services, an of course health care. We are all paying in for those services as well.

    In the future, don’t call me “bruh” It’s offensive and you are not my “bruh” Thank you

  15. -You said nothing of consequence.

    Uh huh. I’ll keep that in mind, bruh.

    -The system isn’t just busting and imprisoning “addicts” as you say, They (sic) are also shutting down drug rings, and distributors.

    I didn’t say that, bruh. What I did say is that the state is grossly misallocating resources – taxpayer resources – that could be better spent on other things.

    -Where ever there is (sic) illegal meds being sold, that money goes back to many other crimes that are just as severe or more. Human trafficking, prostitution, murder, drug cartels, economical problems, social problems, burglaries, violence.

    Human trafficking, prostitution, murder, burglaries, and violence are actual crimes, bruh. These things directly victimize people and their property.

    Forgive me for asking you to think and all, but would drug cartels – and the heaping piles of cash they have – even exist at all if the marketable substances they provided weren’t illegal to obtain?

    -What is going on with this bill isn’t just to lower addicts in jails. There will always be addicts in jails. This turns into a catch 22.

    Uh huh. Whatever you say, bruh.

    -The government will shell out a lot of taxpayer money for education, methadone clinics, support services, an of course health care. We are all paying in for those services as well.

    Uh huh. Got it, bruh. I’ve got a better idea, though. Why not just abolish all these government services and pay for our education, methadone treatments, and health care our damn selves? Would that finally stop your bitching, bruh?

    -In the future, don’t call me “bruh” It’s offensive and you are not my “bruh” (sic)

    No one here cares what offends you, bruh. So suck it up and take your licks like a man.

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