CONCORD, NH – NHGOP Chairman Stephen Stepanek released the following statement regarding HB 481-FN-A-LOCAL, relative to the legalization and regulation of cannabis and making appropriations therefor:
“As the State Senate now takes a look at HB 481, it is important to reiterate: recreational use of marijuana would not benefit or help our state or the people of New Hampshire.
Over 7,000 Granite Staters utilize therapeutic cannabis, and the New Hampshire House heard extensive testimony regarding the effects of marijuana on developing brain functions and the connection to future substance abuse.
The state decriminalized marijuana in 2017 for possession of smaller amounts. We should not be creating a fully commercialized marijuana industry that would put New Hampshire out of step and out of line with federal law. Again, both Democrat Governors Lynch and Hassan were right to oppose full-blown legalization when discussed and proposed during their administrations, and Governor Sununu is right to oppose it now.”