New Hampshire

Tue
22
Mar

Veterans Using Marijuana To Ease PTSD

A growing number of states are weighing whether to legalize marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. But for many veterans, the debate is already over.

They’re increasingly using cannabis even though it remains illegal in most states and is unapproved by the Department of Veterans Affairs because major studies have yet to show it is effective against PTSD.

While the research has been contradictory and limited, some former members of the military say pot helps them manage their anxiety, insomnia and nightmares. Prescription drugs such as Klonopin and Zoloft weren’t effective or left them feeling like zombies, some say.

Fri
11
Mar

New Hampshire House Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

The New Hampshire House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday evening in a voice vote that would remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana and replace them with a civil fine. The measure will now be considered in the Senate.

HB 1631 would make possession of up to one-half ounce of marijuana a civil violation punishable by a fine of $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second offense, and $500 for a third or subsequent offense. Under current state law, 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.

Fri
19
Feb

DHMC tests drug derived from cannabis for rare form of epilepsy

A New Hampshire family is hopeful that a drug derived from cannabis that is being tested at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will help treat a rare form of epilepsy.

Colton Schools, 11, has Dravet syndrome, a form of epilepsy that has ravaged his body almost since he was born.

"If I had to describe it in one word -- horrible," said his mother, Janice Taglieri. "It started for us with Colton at a very young age. So we've been dealing with this since he was about 3 months old."

Dr. Richard Morse has been treating Colton since infancy. When Colton was 3 or 4, Morse diagnosed him with Dravet syndrome.

Wed
17
Feb

Meet The Retired Police Detective Fighting For Legalized Marijuana

Howard “Cowboy” Wooldridge is hard to miss. In the middle of a New Hampshire snowstorm the day before the state’s primary vote, Wooldridge could be found at various presidential candidates’ events wearing a big belt buckle and a cowboy hat.

But possibly the most interesting part of his getup was his shirt.

The belt buckle, he explained, was from when he rode a horse by himself across the United States. And the cowboy hat? Aside from proclaiming his Texas roots, he said it helps him stand out among the thousands of lobbyists in Washington, DC.

Tue
16
Feb

Drugs America's Marijuana Legalization Hotbed Ain't on the West Coast, It's in ... New England?

No state east of the Mississippi has legalized marijuana, but the land of Yankees has several states that could free the weed this year.

No state east of the Mississippi has legalized marijuana, but that's very likely to change this year, and New England will be leading the way. Two of the six New England states will likely let the voters make the call in November, while the others all have legalization bills pending.

So far, with the exception of Washington, DC, where voters elected to legalize the possession and cultivation, but not the sale of marijuana in 2014, all of the legalization action has been in the West. The four states that have legalized it so far—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—are all Western states.

Wed
10
Feb

Marijuana legalization could be a major issue in the New Hampshire primary

Marijuana is ripe for reform in New Hampshire, and pro-reform candidates might see that pay off with primary voters.

As New Hampshire gears up for Tuesday’s 2016 presidential primary, marijuana reform is shaping up to be a significant issue for both parties.

New Hampshire is currently considering a marijuana decriminalization bill and two legalization bills, and polls show a majority of voters in the state support both moves, according to the Marijuana Policy Project.

Wed
10
Feb

New Hampshire primaries: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders win big

Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, and Donald Trump also scored his first victory in a triumph of two candidates who have seized on Americans' anger at the Washington political establishment.

Sat
23
Jan

NH medical marijuana advocates hope to end big pharma's monopoly on treatment of PTSD

A protester demonstrates in front of the State House in Concord in this 2010 file photo. Five years later the first medical marijuana prescription has yet to be written. 

A bill introduced Thursday in the New Hampshire state assembly seeks to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of ailments eligible for medical marijuana treatment, which was legalized in 2013 but remains hard to obtain in the Granite state.

 

Thu
21
Jan

Just Saying Yes to the Politics of Drugs

EARLIER this month, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida opened up on a subject he had once chided reporters for asking about: his daughter, Noelle, who, he said, “was addicted to drugs.”

In a video released by the campaign, Mr. Bush speaks plainly about his daughter’s struggle, her time in jail and drug court, and her recovery. “I can look in people’s eyes and I know that they’ve gone through the same thing that Columba and I have,” he said, referring to his wife.

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