| Posted on Wed, January, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder
The east coast is always kind of shoved to the back burner when it comes to marijuana advances. California has been a pioneer in many industries, constantly leaving the less-advanced coast struggling to catch up. Fortunately for those stoners who live on the east coast, officials are starting to realize (probably after seeing Colorado rake in so much money due to legal cannabis) that maybe making the plant legal is a good idea. Portland, Maine was the first to take steps towards legalization and now both New Hampshire as well as Florida are putting up ideas for cannabis legalization, managing to squeeze the east coast on to the board.
New Hampshire is a state that most people couldn't point out on a map. There are probably some people who would guess that it's in England. It's nestled up in the north east corner of the states, where it snows most of the year. While medical marijuana has been passed here, there are no dispensaries yet and lawmakers could take as much as another year to implement the ruling that was okayed what seems like forever ago. Bordered by both Vermont (medical), Maine (medical plus Portland), and Massachusetts (medical), New Hampshire seems to be pretty far behind. It seemed like lawmakers in this little state had their heads on straight this month when the House of Representatives voted in favor of allowing legal marijuana in New Hampshire, following the same basic outline as Colorado.
Unfortunately for the residents of New Hampshire, there is a slim chance that the ruling will pass the governor's desk. Maggie Hassan is the current governor, who has a seriously hypocritical way of running this chilly state. Hassan backs one of the worst substances sold legally - alcohol - even going as far as to announce that New Hampshire will carry it's own kind of vodka. It's bad enough that New Hampshire promotes drinking and driving by dotting the highways with state run liquor stores, allowing drivers to stop in quickly, grab a bottle of booze, and continue their commute. Seems great, right? Hassan has said that she "just thinks it's the wrong message to send to young people" but yet deems it acceptable to sell liquor on busy highways and to promote drinking, without any real acknowledgment of the danger and health risks associated with alcohol.
The situation in New Hampshire gets even more infuriating when hundreds of New Hampshire residents contacted Hassan, asking her to please pass the measure and allow marijuana to be legal in New Hampshire. Instead of responding, the governor released a blanket statement, thanking everyone for taking time out of their day to write to her... And that's pretty much where it ended. With such a twisted view on what's good and bad for the state, it's safe to say that Hassan won't be governing much if she does veto this bill. New Hampshire has a heavy sprinkling of colleges throughout, not to mention the allure of the mountains and nature settings attract the more hippie-like smokers as well. Hassan needs to remember that it's not about what she thinks, it's about what the people think.
For more information on the New Hampshire laws, you can look the state up on NORML as well as MPP.