To help inform voters about their options in the election, MPP sent the following three survey questions to candidates for state Senate. The voter guide below is based on their responses, public statements, and votes cast by incumbent legislators. If a candidate in your district has not taken a public position, we strongly encourage you to ask them these questions yourself! We would be happy to update the voter guide with their answers (please email email@example.com with any updates).
(1) Eleven states, including all three states neighboring New Hampshire, have passed laws making cannabis possession legal for adults. Do you support making it legal for adults 21 and older to possess cannabis for personal use in New Hampshire?
(c) undecided/need more information
(2) Massachusetts, Maine, and eight other states have passed laws creating legal, regulated markets for adult-use cannabis. Do you support licensing, regulating, and taxing businesses so they can produce and sell cannabis to adults 21 and older?
(c) undecided/need more information
(3) All three neighboring states and Canada allow adults 21 and older to cultivate their own limited supply of cannabis for personal use. Do you support allowing adults to grow their own cannabis for personal use in New Hampshire?
(c) no, but I would support allowing cultivation by patients and caregivers who are registered with the therapeutic cannabis program
(d) undecided/need more information
Green = supports legalizing cannabis for adults’ use
Orange = unknown, uncertain, or less supportive
Red = opposed or much less supportive
Note: The Senate did not vote on any adult-use legalization bills in 2019-2020, in part because the session was derailed by COVID-19. The only meaningful roll call votes in the Senate were on a medical cannabis home cultivation bill (HB 364) in 2019, which passed the House and Senate but was vetoed by Gov. Chris Sununu. The House overwhelmingly voted to override the veto, but the effort fell three votes of the required two-thirds majority in the Senate.
Complete List of Candidates for State Senate:
State Senate District 1, contested Republican primary (“the north country”)
State Senate District 2, contested Republican primary (Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Campton, Center Harbor, Danbury, Dorchester, Ellsworth, Grafton, Groton, Haverhill, Hebron, Hill, Holderness, Meredith, New Hampton, Orange, Orford, Piermont, Plymouth, Rumney, Sanbornton, Tilton, Warren, Wentworth, and Wilmot)
State Senate District 3, no contested primaries (Albany, Bartlett, Brookfield, Chatham, Conway, Eaton, Effingham, Freedom, Hale's Location, Hart's Location, Jackson, Madison, Middleton, Milton, Moultonborough, Ossipee, Sandwich, Tamworth, Tuftonboro, Wakefield, Waterville Valley, and Wolfeboro)
State Senate District 4, no contested primaries (Barrington, Dover, Rollinsford, and Somersworth)
State Senate District 5, contested Democratic primary (Canaan, Charlestown, Claremont, Cornish, Enfield, Hanover, Lebanon, Lyme, and Plainfield)
State Senate District 6, no contested primaries (Alton, Barnstead, Farmington, Gilmanton, New Durham and Rochester)
State Senate District 7, no contested primaries (Andover, Belmont, Boscawen, Canterbury, Franklin, Gilford, Laconia, Northfield, Salisbury, and Webster)
State Senate District 8, no contested primaries (Acworth, Antrim, Bennington, Bradford, Croydon, Deering, Francestown, Goshen, Grantham, Hillsborough, Langdon, Lempster, Marlow, New London, Newbury, Newport, Springfield, Stoddard, Sunapee, Sutton, Unity, Washington, Weare, and Windsor)
State Senate District 9, no contested primaries (Bedford, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Greenfield, Hancock, Jaffrey, Lyndeborough, Mont Vernon, New Boston, Peterborough, Richmond, Sharon, Temple and Troy)
State Senate District 10, no contested primaries (Alstead, Chesterfield, Gilsum, Harrisville, Hinsdale, Keene, Marlborough, Nelson, Roxbury, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Walpole, Westmoreland, and Winchester)
State Senate District 11, no contested primaries (Amherst, Merrimack, Milford, and Wilton)
State Senate District 12, no contested primaries (Brookline, Greenville, Hollis, Mason, New Ipswich, Rindge, and Nashua wards 1, 2, and 5)
State Senate District 13, no contested primaries (Nashua wards 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9)
State Senate District 14, no contested primaries (Auburn, Hudson and Londonderry)
State Senate District 15, contested Democratic primary (Concord, Hopkinton, Henniker and Warner)
State Senate District 16, no contested primaries (Bow, Candia, Dunbarton, Hooksett, and Manchester Wards 1, 2 and 12)
State Senate District 17, contested Republican primary (Allenstown, Chichester, Deerfield, Epsom, Loudon, Northwood, Nottingham, Pembroke, Pittsfield, Raymond, and Strafford)
State Senate District 18, contested Republican primary (Litchfield and Manchester Wards 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9)
State Senate District 19, no contested primaries (Derry, Hampstead and Windham)
State Senate District 20, contested Republican primary (Goffstown and Manchester wards 3, 4, 10 and 11)
State Senate District 21, contested Democratic primary (Durham, Lee, Madbury, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, and Portsmouth)
State Senate District 22, no contested primaries (Atkinson, Pelham, Plaistow and Salem)
State Senate District 23, contested Republican primary (Brentwood, Chester, Danville, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Fremont, Kingston, and Sandown)
State Senate District 24, contested Republican primary (Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, New Castle, North Hampton, Newton, Rye, Seabrook, Stratham, and South Hampton)
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