Marijuana prohibition is a failed policy. HB 481 would legalize possession and limited cultivation of cannabis for adults 21 and older, and it would create a legal, regulated, and taxed system of retail sales. 

  • Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Granite Staters support legalization (27% opposed), and 80% would support having cannabis be sold in licensed retail stores if made legal.[1]
  • Cannabis is objectively less harmful than alcohol. It is less toxic, less addictive, and less harmful to the body.[2]
  • The harms that are associated with cannabis are made worse by prohibition. Cannabis sold by illicit drug dealers is of uncertain potency, and it may be contaminated with molds, pesticides, heavy metals, or other adulterants. 
  • Regulating cannabis production and sale for adults would divert hundreds of millions of dollars away from the illicit drug market and into the coffers of regulated, taxpaying businesses, while protecting consumers and restricting access to those who are underage.
  • Despite opponents’ fears, teen cannabis use has remained steady or has declined somewhat in states that have legalized.[3]
  • Ten states, including all three neighboring states, have legalized cannabis for adults’ use.[4] Adults in all three neighboring states are already free to grow and consume their own cannabis. Cannabis is also legal throughout Canada.
  • It makes no sense for New Hampshire to be an island of prohibition. The first two retail stores in Massachusetts opened on November 20. In the first two months, with less than 10 stores open, retailers sold nearly $24 million worth of cannabis.[5] Retail stores are now open in both Lowell and Gardner, providing relatively easy access to New Hampshire consumers.
  • The governors of several northeastern states support ending cannabis prohibition in 2019, including Ned Lamont (CT), Gina Raimondo (RI), Phil Murphy (NJ), and Andrew Cuomo (NY).

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