New Hampshire


NH Doctor: Recommending medical marijuana removes liability of prescribing opioids

New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program more than doubled in size last year, and many see it as an alternative to using opioids for pain management.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Pediatrician Julie Kim wrote an article for the Huffington Post about how she sometimes prefers to recommend medical marijuana to her patients. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with her about how medical marijuana has helped her with concerns over prescribing opioids to certain patients.


New Hampshire: Lawmakers say more time needed on marijuana bill

New Hampshire lawmakers have referred a bill legalizing recreational use of marijuana to further study, dealing a blow to those who hoped the Granite State would join neighboring states in relaxing regulations on the drug.

The House gave preliminary approval to the bill earlier this year. It would allow adults to possess up to 1 ounce (28 grams) of marijuana and cultivate it in limited qualities.

It was sent to the House Ways and Means Committee, which felt more time was needed to discuss ways to raise revenue to properly oversee the legalization of homegrown marijuana plants, marijuana-infused products, and legalization of possession.

The House vote Thursday was 153-135.


New Hampshire lawmakers block recreational marijuana bill after it passes

In an atypical move, a committee in New Hampshire’s House has decided to delay a recreational marijuana bill from proceeding to the Senate, where it could become law.

This week, the state’s House Ways and Means Committee recommended that the bill be sent for “interim study,” while a separate commission studies the potential impact of legalization in New Hampshire. The House committee recommends that the bill be delayed until that commission produces a report, which is expected to be completed by November 1.

In a statement provided to New Hampshire Public Radio, Kate Frey, a member of the commission, said, “marijuana legalization will have detrimental impacts on New Hampshire’s thriving communities.”


New Hampshire Is holding a Marijuana legalization hearing today

In New Hampshire, marijuana legalization is within reach.

This comes after New Hampshire’s House of Representatives voted to legalize possession and cultivation last month.

Naturally, legislators, business people, and Mary J enthusiasts have a lot of questions about the realities of weed legalization.

That’s why New Hampshire is holding a marijuana legalization hearing today. Here’s what we know so far.

This public hearing is only about legalization.

Only the legalization of recreational marijuana is on the docket today.


New Hampshire's Medical Marijuana program growing steadily

New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program has more than doubled in size since 2016. About 4,700 patients were enrolled in the program by the end of 2017.

Michael Holt is the Therapeutic Cannabis Program Administrator for the Department of Health and Human Services. He joins us now to talk about how the state’s medical marijuana program has grown.

I know that all of the data you have, of course, of patients there's confidentiality to think about here. But what do we know, or what can we call publicly from that data?


New Hampshire and Vermont move to legalize Marijuana, defying Jeff Sessions' new guidance

The Trump administration (via Attorney General Jeff Sessions) kicked off 2018 by rescinding guidance that essentially let states do what they want with their marijuana policy. At the time, it seemed like an idea cutting against political momentum. Now, it seems, if anything, that the approach has backfired, as states that had previously tabled the issue of marijuana are dusting off old bills and giving them new life.


New Hampshire House votes to legalize Marijuana possession and cultivation

The New Hampshire House of Representatives embraced adult-use marijuana legalization Tuesday and passed HB 656 with a 207-139 vote. The bill will now go to the House and Ways Committee.

The same thing happened in 2014, when the House overturned its committee recommendation and voted to legalize marijuana.

The vote came just days after the Vermont House voted, 83-61, to approve a similar bill, legalizing possession by adults of up to an ounce of marijuana and allowing individuals to grow up to six marijuana plants at home.

Advocates, like Rep. Frank Sapareto of Derry, said the "war on pot" should be over.


New Hampshire: Commission explores tax issues related to recreational marijuana legalization

How do you tax a substance that's illegal?

That's the question facing a special commission studying the legalization of marijuana in New Hampshire.

The Granite State prides itself on being a low-tax state, but if the legislature eventually legalizes marijuana, will the New Hampshire advantage apply to cannabis?

Part of the allure of legalization is the millions of dollars that would flow into state coffers.

On a special commission tasked with studying the issue, some conservatives said that if cannabis goes commercial, it shouldn't be viewed as a cash cow for government.

"If we tax it at all, it would be just to pay for anything that would have to do with managing the program,” said Dr. Joe Bannon, a former Republican state representative.


New Hampshire: Marijuana study chair will seek data on young people's pot use

A commission studying marijuana legalization will be seeking data on youth pot use to establish a New Hampshire baseline.

The move comes after the panel heard testimony Monday from Andrew Freedman, the former director of marijuana coordination for Colorado, which has legalized marijuana.

"The problem is that baseline data doesn't exist in a lot of the metrics that we're looking at. He gave us some good ideas," Rep. Patrick Abrami, chairman of the commission, said after the hour-long presentation.

"I’m going to be contacting the (N.H.) Department of Education about some issues so that we can start tracking some data right now that they wished they had in Colorado about suspension related to marijuana. Things like that.”


Marijuana legalization: New Hampshire banks weigh 'Reputation Risk'

When it comes to marijuana legalization, the conflict between state and federal laws appears to be cause for concern for New Hampshire banks.

Todd Wells, Chief Bank Examiner for the New Hampshire Banking Department, says it's a matter of "reputation risk" for state-chartered banks and credit unions hesitant to establish direct relationships with marijuana-related businesses.

“The other aspect of the reputation risk would be when and if a federal government law enforcement agency or regulator decided to take action, legal or otherwise, against that institution for that sort of activity, and that could certainly introduce some reputation risk," he says.


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