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Gov. Hassan Says She'd Veto Marijuana Legalization Bill

The House is scheduled to vote on the proposal on Wednesday.

Gov. Maggie Hassan. Courtesy photo.
Gov. Maggie Hassan. Courtesy photo.
Gov. Maggie Hassan told WMUR this week that even if a proposal to legalize marijuana in New Hampshire passes the House and Senate, she would veto it.

The House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the bill, which would legalize the personal use of marijuana up to one ounce by those 21 years of age or older; authorize the licensing of marijuana wholesale, retail, cultivation, and testing facilities; and impose a tax on the sale of marijuana, in the same way alcohol is regulated here.

But Hassan, who signed a bill last year allowing for medicinal marijuana use, said she won't support decriminalizing marijuana any further because she thinks it would send the wrong message to the state's youth.

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jpf2361 January 15, 2014 at 02:20 PM
Maggie, You want to SPEND SPEND SPEND but that means raising taxes on the Citizens of NH. Instead of looking at alternative ways to make money ie TAXING Marijuana and allowing for the decriminalization of small amounts, you would rather keep things the way they are. The Court System's are already overburdened, Jails and Prisons are overcrowded and they all cost MONEY, TAXPAYER MONEY. Alocohol causes more issues, yet this is perfectly legal, the State of NH even sells it on the Highways. What message is that sending to the youth of NH?? Some of the the youth of today as well adult's ARE ALREADY smoking pot. The Money they are spending on it goes to Drug Cartels and Criminals so why not Legalize it for people that are 18 or older and capture this money in the form of taxes to be used for the Bridges and Highways or some other Worthy cause??? Also Maggie, you are all for the Legalization of Gambling, don't you think that Gambling causes issues with increased crime, additction, Domestic Violence and other criminal activities?? You seem to want to just pick and choose what Vices you support while not listening to the people that you are supposed to represent. Stop being the Moral Police and do what's best for the TAXPAYERS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE.
ddog p January 15, 2014 at 05:46 PM
Plain and simple, I will never vote for her again if she vetoes this bill. She's about to become very unpopular among young voters and voters who have tried marijuana and know how little it actually effects you.
Paul Moriarty January 15, 2014 at 08:01 PM
Hassan is a fool. There is a tremendous amount of revenue that the state can generate here. Marijuana should be legal.
Brian Kelly B Bizzle January 16, 2014 at 12:02 AM
The "War on Marijuana" has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful "War on Drugs" that has cost our country over a trillion dollars. Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions more of our tax dollars fighting a never ending "War on Marijuana", lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. It's a no brainer. The Prohibition of Marijuana has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason? Marijuana is way safer, and healthier to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink? Let's end this hypocrisy now! The government should never attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less "crimes" because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune. Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that's approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it! Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

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