New Hampshire State Policy Alert

Sent: January 11, 2013
From: Matt Simon
Topic: State Marijuana Laws

Title: 

New Hampshire poll shows strong support for reform!

Message: 

As advocates wait for the 2013 medical marijuana bill to be introduced, a new statewide poll has been released showing strong support for reform. According to a survey commissioned by MPP and conducted this week by Public Policy Polling (PPP), more than two-thirds (68%) of New Hampshire voters think the state should enact a law allowing seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. Just 26% said they were opposed.
 
Although MPP’s focus will be on passing the medical marijuana bill, legislators will be considering several other reform bills in the 2013 session. The PPP survey found that 62% support enacting a law to replace criminal penalties for marijuana possession with a $100 fine and no jail time. Also, by a 53%-37% margin, Granite Staters now support making marijuana legal for adults and regulating it similarly to alcohol.
 
Additionally, the poll found that 70% of voters believe marijuana is a safer treatment for debilitating pain than Oxycontin, and that a strong plurality believes it is less harmful than alcohol.
 
Click here to download the full results, and don't hesitate to share them with your friends, family, and elected officials!