The New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send a House-passed marijuana legalization to “interim study,” effectively killing the bill for the upcoming 2020 legislative session. The vote was unanimous.
Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana Action (SAM Action) and its New Hampshire Affiliate, SAM NH, released the following statement in response:
“The defeat of this bill continues the trend of the New Hampshire legislature bucking Big Marijuana and its addiction industry investors. For the second year in a row, New Hampshire has dealt a significant blow to the marijuana industry in defeating its efforts to expand to the Granite State.
“With new research highlighting marijuana’s connection to psychosis, numerous studies detailing how marijuana legalization may be exacerbating the opioid epidemic, and the on-going marijuana vaping crisis responsible for at least fifty deaths, there is no better time than now to slam the door on the pot industry.
“SAM applauds the members of the Judiciary Committee, Governor Sununu, SAM NH, and the many concerned citizens who have raised their voices in opposition to legalization. Today is a great day for the health and safety of all Granite Staters.”