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Stephen Grey said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 4:51 pm

This is ridiculous. No adult should be treated like a criminal for possessing plant matter that gives them a mild buzz. If adults aren't treated like criminals for using alcohol then they shouldn't be treated like criminals for smoking a plant.

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Joe Fazule said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 4:54 pm

THC content (the active ingredient) in contemporary marijuana is significantly higher than it was in the 1960s. If you speak with drug abuse counselors, you will learn that marijuana is in fact an addictive drug. The "half life" of marijuana is almost a month, so it remains in your system significantly longer than heroin, which has a half life of several hours. Thus, in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms, a heroin addict requires more frequent dosages of heroin than a marijuana addict requires of marijuana. The drug counselor will also inform you that once you develop an addictive behavior for one drug, your body becomes more susceptible to addiction of other drugs. Thus a marijuana addict who tries coke or heroin, is more likely to develop addiction over a shorter period of time than an individual free of drug addictions. Decriminalization/legalization of addictive substances will significantly increase levels of abuse, particularly among our youth, and will lead to a significant increase in tragedies associated with the abuse of hard drugs (personal degradation, child buse, domestic violence, accidents.) I don't like to grovel, but would do so if I thought it would deter this current, politically correct insanity which will promote addiction, abuse, and destruction of lives.

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Stephen Grey said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 4:56 pm

“Marijuana is harmful and unhealthy, and we want to make sure that message is out there.” Maybe Mr. Bradley should push for alcohol and tobacco to become illegal since they're both "harmful and unhealthy" and it's apparently the government's roll to protect us from ourselves. "Hey, that's harmful and unhealthy, so you should be in handcuffs or in prison for your own good!" That's what Jeb's really saying here. Time to change the State Motto from "Live Free or Die" to "You're Free to Do What We Tell You".

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Stephen Grey said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Higher THC means less consumption, Joe. And people can smoke every minute of every day and still not overdose and die. And when they run out maybe they'll get a little grumpy but they never have withdrawal symptoms like you see from other drugs like alcohol. Your arguments sound like something out of a 1930's Reefer Madness style propaganda flick.

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Benjamin Watson said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 5:10 pm

Joe were you a drug councilor? Because I was a drug councilor for decades and what you spewed is a load of rubbish.

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Benjamin Watson said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 5:23 pm

Joe I smoked pot almost every day through my late teens and into my 30s until I just got bored with it and stopped using it (I am now in my 50s). And I did not go through withdrawal symptoms. During my peak use I would not bring pot with me when I traveled and going from smoking multiple times a day to not smoking at all was not difficult. When a heroin user stops using they become violently ill. When an alcoholic stops drinking they can become violently ill and that withdrawal can actually kill them. When a pot smoker stops smoking he or she does not become violently ill. Again what you said is a load of rubbish. And I think something like 10-15% of the NH population smokes grass. That is 10-15% of the population that you think should be treated like criminal addicts when they are not and do not deserve to be treated like that. And it does not much matter how high the THC content is because you will never die from smoking it! If you do not like pot then just do not use it it is really that simple. The State of New Hampshire and the Federal Government should not be arresting adults for using pot. People use it because they enjoy it and not because they are addicted and need to keep using it to avoid becoming violently ill from withdrawal. I stopped using because I did not enjoy it any more but I did enjoy it for a really long time.

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Rick Hunt said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 5:41 pm

The only reason to keep it illegal is to make money.Far more cash to be had arresting dealers and users than to legalise it and tax it.

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Joe Fazule said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 6:03 pm

Folks we are on different frequencies- I did not believe marijuana was addictive until speaking with drug counelers dealing with teen and adult drug addiction, primarily in areas suffering from high levels of opiate addiction. I've also spoken with opiate addicts who candidly stated that they transitioned from marijuana to heroin because they enjoyed getting high, heroin is cheap, and they figured heroin might be a better high. A recent trend in the New Bedford area of MA, which has the highest overdose incidents in the commonwealth, is that the Dominican heroin/fentanyl sources of supply in RI provide free marijuana to teenagers. The dealers recognize that a percentage of the teenagers abusing marijuana will transition to heroin, being hooked for life. Opiate addicts I have met were in agreement that marijuana is indeed a gateway drug. This will infuriate those of you who promote legalization of what you consider a "benign" substance. I don't believe any of you acknowledged current THC levels. Yes people do die or cause other deaths when they crash their car while high on marijuana- that's another inconvenient truth you will not recognize. Have your fun with your weed, try to convince other folks it's an individual choice, no worse or less worse than alcohol, and you may prevail. Hopefully history will record the names of the legislators who thought legalization was a good idea.

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Lynne Orr said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7:02 pm

I also know people who were addicted to opiates who transitioned OFF those drugs using marijuana. They basically want to set it up to make money. It's all about the money. Well, legalize it and open stores and tax it like cigarettes the way Colorado did. You'll make a ton of money. More people cause traffic related accidents and deaths using ALCOHOL, which is legal, than they do on marijuana. If they are going to continue to keep marijuana regulated as is, then they should be doing so for alcohol also and tobacco. But oh no, those are big paying lobbies and they make a ton of tax money off of it. How about doing that with marijuana and stop overcrowding the prison system for it? The ONLY reason it is ILLEGAL is because of alcohol. Please tell me how alcoholism doesn't lead people to try other drugs. Idiocy in action.

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Jim Swan said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7:21 pm

Time to end Prohibition. Turn production over to the tobacco companies, sell it at the liquor store and tax it. It is also long overdue to shrink the budget of the Law Enforcement Industry.

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Joe Fazule said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7:41 pm

Wow- in 40 years of dealing with opiate addicts and clinicians I've never heard of opiate addicts transitioning to marijuana as a drug of choice in lieu of heroin/prescription opiates. Fascinating the extent that marijuana proponents will go to to influence those that don't understand the complexities of abuse/addiction. Again, I hope that history records the names of those legislators that support drug legalization. Lastly, the jails are not inhabited by marijuana abusers- the reality is that those in prison on marijuana charges are major traffickers, not abusers.

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Joe Fazule said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7:41 pm

Wow- in 40 years of dealing with opiate addicts and clinicians I've never heard of opiate addicts transitioning to marijuana as a drug of choice in lieu of heroin/prescription opiates. Fascinating the extent that marijuana proponents will go to to influence those that don't understand the complexities of abuse/addiction. Again, I hope that history records the names of those legislators that support drug legalization. Lastly, the jails are not inhabited by marijuana abusers- the reality is that those in prison on marijuana charges are major traffickers, not abusers.

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George LeMont said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 8:03 pm

Stephen Grey you mean no person should be treated like a tobacco smoker these days?

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George LeMont said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 8:06 pm

Remember no gets high from tobacco and risks killing them selves or others on the roads or working with heavy equipment or more dangerous jobs, but with the pot head crowd both are equal or tobacco is worse. I haven't seen the pot head crowd defend tobacco for decades

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Michael Raleigh said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 9:08 pm

This, and other drugs, should be legalized. Why Bradley is consulting with Police Chiefs who have an incentive to maintain the criminality of personal choice is beyond me. I think the violation is too much.

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JAMES KEANE said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 9:09 pm

We don't understand why after thousands of years of documented use, a massive amount of studies, research and medical patents, why this plant remains a schedule 1 drug listed as having no medicinal benefit. This is a direct contradiction to the patent held by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Their patent #6630507 claims that cannabinoids contained in the cannabis plant are, antioxidants and neuroprotectants. The listed uses range from a wide variety of medical conditions including but not limited to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and HIV dementia. It even treats autoimmune disorders and offers neurological protection following ischemic insults from strokes or traumatic brain injury. http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6630507.PN.&OS=PN/6630507&RS=PN/6630507

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PAUL LUNDWALL said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 9:19 pm

The state sure needs to take some sort of REASONABLE action before Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island start selling this over the counter. The state of NH will have about zero control what comes across the border once this stuff becomes legal in adjacent states.

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Mark Marks said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 9:22 pm

Freedom is on the march.

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Kevin Craig said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 9:24 pm

Joe Fazule, any drug or addiction counselor who claims that marijuana is "addictive" under medical definitions, is either very poorly informed, or has a vested interest in treatment programs that require "patients" to admit being addicted in order to complete "treatment" that was ordered by a court to reduce or dismiss criminal charges. Having worked in residential drug treatment myself, I guarantee that this is the case.

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Stephen Boyington said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 9:30 pm

I am not a user, but I support full decriminalization. We do not need halfway measures here.

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Howard McCarthy said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 9:35 pm

Come on J.E.B. Lighten up... Before I open YOUR closet...

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Jim Swan said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 10:03 pm

Oh PHULEESE Fazule. Keep your 'Reefer Madness' to yourself.

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Greg Barrett said Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 11:30 pm

What a DOPE!

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Jeff Swett said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 5:28 am

The "war" on drugs was lost long ago. Confusing the current opioid crisis, and the meth crisis that preceded it, with marijuana tells me some folks haven't been paying attention. Time to legalize and tax.

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Ted Wright said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6:20 am

Dear Senator Bradley,I hope that you can see your way to eliminating your amendment. The NH Chiefs of Police Association does not represent us, you do. In fact, the NHCOP are well known for using the "last minute" tactic to try to derail legislation that they don't like (remember SB409?). We owe it to the people to submit to their will, not the will of a political organization that has its own interests at heart. This is about budget protection at its worst. NHCOP is trying to protect their funding resources, not people. While you are dependent on the next election, they do not rely on elections to keep their respective positions. Please do the right thing and listen to your constituents. Many of them are watching...Thank you,

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P J WERME said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:13 am

The NH Chiefs of Police Association is for anything that assures the need for more police. Their position has zero to do with the actual merits of decriminalization. They have have far more sway in the NH senate and executive branch over the years than they should have. Sununu is the first governor elected without their endorsement. Bradley apparently is fearful of making them mad. Shame on you, Jeb Bradley. The people of the state want this.

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Denis Goddard said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 8:04 am

Who's going to step up and Primary this little tyrant? I got an open wallet and I want to give a candidate some money!!

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Matt Lulling said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 8:14 am

When are we going to end this massive waste of police time and effort? And why are we ruining people's lives by prosecuting them for possessing mildly intoxicating vegetable matter? The whole thing is just plain stupid. Bradley, you're stupid. It's time for this to end.

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EARLE WINGATE said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 8:23 am

A prosecutor once told me it costs the State Police lab $1,200 to test a sample with the fine being less than half that, so he wouldn't prosecute unless there was a large quantity. Marijuana is everywhere. It's here to stay. It's time the opponents see it as a tax revenue money maker.

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M Sullivan said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 8:29 am

If police chiefs want to write laws, they should run for office. Until then, they are tasked with enforcing the laws on the books. Sen. Bradley needs to listen to the people of the state, not a small collection of LEO that will be losing revenue from decreased arrests and fines.

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Mike Parent said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 8:32 am

Joe Fazule. What aspect of prohibition pads your pockets. ALCOHOL GATEWAYrawstory.Com/2012/08/yale-study-alcohols-gateway-effect-much-larger-than-marijuanas/FACT Marijuana is less addictive and less harmful thank Caffeine, let alone Alcohol and Tobacco; (3 Scientific Studies)BTW, Dr Henningfield is a former NIDA Staffer;.Addictiveness of Marijuana - ProCon.Orgprocon.Org/view.background-resource.php?resourceID=1492

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Mike Parent said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 8:38 am

Joe Fazule, potency is a red herring! People just will use less of the more potent variety. Alcohol is sold in strengths from 3% to 75% here in NH. Alcohol overdoses kill s 6 Americans every day Marijuana has never caused an OD death. What aspect of prohibition pads yourvpockets?

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Gregory DuPont said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 8:40 am

It's a money grab,and a way to maintain/expand the grounds for an arrest... which,given the billable hours and work requirements for all associated with the issue on BOTH sides of a case is ALSO a money grab. I believe in legalization.Not because I consider marijuana to be relatively benign(which I do) but because at some level among adults one has to simply say to the machinery of government" Not Your Job,Not Your Business". I WILL default to my usual statement that legalization efforts SHOULD seek the same at federal level-all the state/local feel good moves won't reduce the damage if/when someone at DoJ level thinks " task force raid-what a good idea".

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LEONARD CANNON said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 8:42 am

Face it Jeb. The winds of change are blowing. And the hypocrisy of our alcohol laws vs. our pot laws are embarrassing. It is clear that addictive personalities will transition from drug X to drug Y even if the great majority of drug X users never transition. Your bill will change nothing. Just pass the darn thing and focus on the bigger problems killing people like over prescribing of pain killers, texting while driving and diabetes. Stop killing mosquitoes with hand grenades.

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Mike Parent said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 8:48 am

We'd all be better off if the police focused on crimes that have actual victims Since legalization, more Coloradans favor legalization now than when the law was passed. http://kdvr.com/2016/09/19/poll-61-percent-of-coloradans-say-legal-pot-has-had-positive-impact-on-economy/ Prohibitionists don't care who they hurt.

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George LeMont said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 9:13 am

So is it going to be legal to smoke weed and drive? What happens when police see someone legally smoking weed, but they know they're not at home and going to have to get in their car and use the roads? What about a person who gets stoned while working, then gets injured will the employer have to pay him? Can an employer not hire someone who tests positive for drug use?

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Troy MACPHERSON said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 9:21 am

Just follow the money, it's no wonder they don't want to decriminalize when the can do civil forfeiture and fine people for having weed on them. I am not a user but an adult that can drink alcohol should be allowed to partake or grow a plant or 2. Jeb is out of touch and has certainly lost my vote. This one issue will destroy the republican party if they don't get on board with the American people. Why don't we get to vote on this? Why is it never on the ballot? 80% of the people are for decriminalization, wake up Jeb, we need to keep conservatives in the NH senate but with a bone head idea like this I think this is your last term bud...

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Joseph Lachance said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 9:24 am

Dear Senator Bradley:You represent the people who elected you and not the police chiefs. The will of the people overwhelmingly want this and your amendment is not even close to the intent of the house who passed this with flying colors. Stop helping the special interests and start representing your people. We want this bill passed and the senate continues once again to not do their job on this issue, the governor is on record as wanting to sign the bill. Don't mess this up. Thank you.

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George LeMont said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 9:28 am

Troy MACPHERSON not to worry Republicans are rubbing their hands together as much as democrats thinking about how they can spend the money from selling government weed. I can't wait for my property taxes to go down like they did when government taxed cigarettes to the point they went from a $1.65 a pack to $7.50 a pack. Oh wait no ones taxes went down and I'm not even sure what that money does to help us. As always it helps government not the people.

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Ernie Bridge said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 9:29 am

It's embarrassing to see Sen. Bradley so transparently pandering for votes from cops. Their object is nothing but job/budget protection. Jeb, you're losing way more votes from people like me than you're gaining from cop votes.

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George LeMont said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 9:41 am

Hiram Lipschitz lol that was funny. Anyhow Hiram all I'm trying to do is start the very real conversations that need to be had about making it legal. There are not many of the "we want our weed" crowd willing to have honest conversations about how to handle the negative aspects of using drugs on society. What we will get is a rushed through law, then dealing with the negatives later instead of talking and thinking everything through before it becomes law.

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George LeMont said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 9:42 am

What happens when government weed gets into the hands of kids? Who will pay the price?

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Mike Parent said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 9:52 am

George Teen use is down in legalized states. No law, enacted or proposed allows for use by minors. Legal shops check ids, street dealers don't!

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pat levasseur said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 10:16 am

MARIJUANA IS NOT HARMFUL....LOOK AT THE PEOPLE THAT USE IT FOR MEDICAL REASONS.......HOW MANY PEOPLE OUT THERE ARE USING MEDICALLY AND DRIVE AFTERWARDS.....THESE OLD MEN KNOW NOTHING, AND THE POLICE PUT MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS TO ARREST...THE MORE PEOPLE IN PRISON THE MORE MONEY THE STATE GETS .....CAN TELL THEY NEVER TRIED IT. MAYBE IF THEY DO, THEY MIGHT CHANGE THEIR MIND. ITS A WEED A PLANT.7.6 million years ago is the oldest dating cannabis plant, although it has been shown that the THC must have taken at least another 1 million years to evolve to the point that the first plant was found. Making the world better, one answer at a time.

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Joe Fazule said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 10:24 am

Suggest the following report for your review. It provides some insight re: Colorado's experiment with marijuana legalization. Google Rocky Mountain HIDTA, The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado, The Impact, (September 2016). For those of you who take the time to review it, you will note the following: Impaired Driving incidents (marijuana) increased 48% from 2013-2015, all traffic deaths up 11%; marijuana related traffic deaths up 62%, from 71 to 115. One would conclude that a number of motorists operating vehicles while while mentally impaired by marijuana are not waiting for stop signs to change colors.

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George LeMont said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 10:26 am

Wow some of you will tell any lie to get this rushed through. You're exactly the kind of people who should have no say in this what so ever. And I say that as someone who once smoked weed. Notice I have not said I'm against some form of legalization. I simply think the negatives need to be discussed. And it's obvious you have no problem with the rest of society having to live with the negatives so you can get stoned anywhere you desire and anytime you desire, with no consequences or law regulating punishments for societies morons who will most likely get other people hurt or killed. I've opened it for discussion and all you can do is make false claims instead of honest discussion.

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George LeMont said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 10:29 am

Who pays for the babies whose mother smoked weed all through the pregnancy and then the baby has serious problems, the tax payers? Oh wait that will never happen if we listen to some of these people, but it will and they don't seem to care.

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Dot Knightly said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 10:49 am

Marijuana is neither harmful nor unhealthy. Marijuana is a God given cure for Cancer and other diseases. Making the Pharmaceutical companies rich when a plant of Nature does a better job is ludicrous. Is NH going to be the last State in the Nation to legalize marijuana, just as it's the last State in the Nation to do anything productive?

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Steve Swanson said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11:01 am

Lemont, what about the guy who has 12 beers and shows up for work 6 hours later with a .08 still? That's OK?

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Joe Fazule said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11:15 am

With all due respect Dot, please read the report that I mentioned above. If you do, you will note that Colorado emergency room visits due to marijuana abuse during the first year of legalization totalled 14,148 and during 2014, emergency room admission for marijuana abuse rose to 18,255. Thus I and quite a few medical professionals reject your conclusion that marijuana is not harmful. It is indeed harmful to the abuser and the innocent motorist/pedestrian mutilated by a stoned operator.

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Dot Knightly said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11:23 am

Joe Fazule-I'm sure alcohol is so much worse, yet it's legal. It all has to do with money and if there's money to be made, NH WILL jump on the bandwagon. Last of course!

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VALERIE EMMONS said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11:32 am

Joe Fazule, the text in quotes below is from an article in the Denver Post February of this year."Three years into regulated sales of recreational cannabis, the Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee says calls to poison control and marijuana-related emergency room visits are down, even though overall consumption of pot remains steady — signs that existing policy and education efforts may be working."Tell me again about the "fake" results that you posted?

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Michael Ursitti said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11:36 am

Dot, you touched on a point I've been complaining about for over 10 years now. It used to be that NH was first when it came to support of personal liberties.

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pat levasseur said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11:48 am

Valerie I just read the same and was just about to go in and post that....TY

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Joe Fazule said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Valerie- I agree fake news is a major problem during this generation. Despite the fake news phenomenon, I'll go with the extremely detailed HIDTA report.

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Mike Parent said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 12:19 pm

FACT Marijuana is less addictive and less harmful than Caffeine, let alone Alcohol and Tobacco; (3 Scientific Studies) to BTW, Dr Henningfield is a former NIDA Staffer;.Addictiveness of Marijuana - ProCon.Orgprocon.Org/view.background-resource.php?resourceID=1492 Alcohol causes 2000 OD despite per yearList all the marijuana od deaths,ever that you can verify. Tia

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Joe Fazule said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 12:34 pm

Hiram- regrettably potency can not be regulated by the government (black market entrepreneurs will ensure that tax free, high grade marijuana is available to adults and adolescents.) Decriminilization/legalization of marijuana and other illicit drugs will exponentially increase levels of abuse, and all the tragic consequence of drug abuse, including the destruction of families and the further degradation of our society. I once met with some folks from Singapore. They exhibited a strong hatred towards illicit drugs. I asked them why they felt so strongly. They explained that freedom of the human spirit was God's gift to humanity, and drug addiction robs the individual of freedom, it becomes "the monkey on their back".

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Mike Parent said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Joe Fazule, you're stating "facts" not in evidence. We'd all be better off if the police focused on crimes that have actual victims. Marijuana is not the bogeyman you're speciously trying to make it out to be. Cite one death from MJ ingest. Tia

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Mike Parent said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Joe Fazule, you're stating "facts" not in evidence. We'd all be better off if the police focused on crimes that have actual victims. Marijuana is not the bogeyman you're speciously trying to make it out to be. Cite one death from MJ ingest. Tia

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Mike Parent said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Joe Fazule, you're stating "facts" not in evidence. We'd all be better off if the police focused on crimes that have actual victims. Marijuana is not the bogeyman you're speciously trying to make it out to be. Cite one death from MJ ingest. Tia

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George LeMont said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 1:02 pm

Steve Swanson in a normal world someone showing up drunk at work gets fired. Maybe not in the government union sector, but in the reality of the private sector.

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JAMES E FIEST said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 1:12 pm

"Police chiefs could have come to any one of those meetings. They didnt even show up at the House hearings on this bill," he said. "Some of the things they brought up we could have easily addressed if theyd just brought them to our attention at an earlier point." Why didn't they bring up their concerns while the Bill was in the House?

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JAMES E FIEST said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 1:17 pm

Add to that Ms. Emmons that Colorado brought in somewhere close to a Billion Dollars in revenue directly related to licensing and sales last year. Take the emotion out of it and its no worse than wanting casinos.

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Joe Fazule said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 1:58 pm

OK Mike P. 2 gentlemen died in Germany in 2014. The marijuana they were abusing was blamed for their heart attacks after extensive autopsies on each. That's not the issue though. You cannot smoke yourself to death with tobacco but who would argue that tobacco is not a harmful substance? Marijuana abuse has been clinically proven to trigger or exacerbate mental disorders in some individuals. Marijuana abuse is directly attributable to accidents in which either the abuser is injured/killed and/or innocent folks. Sure, the state can make a lot of money selling the stuff (sort of like the professional drug dealers) but at what cost? Colorado's spike in highway deaths, directly attributable to marijuana should be a huge red flag to our legislators. To argue that because alcohol is harmful to one's health and responsible for highway deaths/domestic violence, we should create additional havoc with another drug is completely irrational.

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Howard McCarthy said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 3:02 pm

LAWS are profit centers for governments... more judges, jails and lawyers for this nonsense... J E Bradley LOVES his big Gov control on your LIFE.

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John Davison said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 5:45 pm

NH ****s

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John Davison said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 5:48 pm

NH s u c k s

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Joe Fazule said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6:01 pm

Actually, NH is a great state compared to the states I've endured (NJ, NY, MD, VA).

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Steve Gamache said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6:17 pm

The immediate effects of taking marijuana include rapid heart beat, disorientation, lack of physical coordination, often followed by depression or sleepiness. Some users suffer panic attacks or anxiety......But the problem does not end there. According to scientific studies, the active ingredient in cannabis, THC, remains in the body for weeks or even months......Marijuana smoke contains 50% to 70% more cancer-causing substances than tobacco smoke.24 One major research study reported that a single cannabis joint could cause as much damage to the lungs as up to five regular cigarettes smoked one after another.4 Long-time joint smokers often suffer from bronchitis, an inflammation of the respiratory tract......The drug can affect more than your physical health. Studies in Australia in 2008 linked years of heavy marijuana use to brain abnormalities.26 This is backed up by earlier research on the long-term effects of marijuana, which indicate changes in the brain similar to those caused by long-term abuse of other major drugs. And a number of studies have shown a connection between continued marijuana use and psychosis......

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Ted Wright said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6:17 pm

Chief "Dickie" Crate has a dog in this fight, he is connected with the DEA. When he's involved in a bust with them, he makes money from the "asset forfeiture" money they receive. It goes right into his police budget and he can spend it as he sees fit. You can't tell me that it's not a conflict of interest for him to pressure the legislature to keep the law the way it is... :¬/

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George LeMont said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6:19 pm

Have any of you talked to the parents of the kid in Colorado who ate the marijuana laced candy then jumped off the balcony and killed himself? I didn't think so, but don't worry the state is getting plenty of revenue that will never lower the taxes of the home owners there. That's your idea of a good and moral government. Good luck to the young if they think this is good for their futures. But plenty of government puppets will be on sites like this telling them it is. It's big money for government now and that's all that matters, not the people.

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Steve Gamache said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6:45 pm

George Lemont, Spot on. As well as your post at 10:26 am today....This to coming from someone who has smoked more than his share back in the 80s and 90s...

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Joe Fazule said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6:59 pm

Steve and George- thanks for your insight, perhaps it will cause a few to reflect and reconsider their positions on legalization/decriminalization. I did not raise the issue of unsuspecting kids (and adults) consuming THC laced baked goods but am well aware of that aspect of marijuana abuse. Since you raised it George I will be another voice raising this concern to our legislators.

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J Roberts said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Everyone here that is advocating strong laws against canabis should be in favor of prohibition of Alcohol and Tobacco! If not then you all are just misguided. Anyone that has a Alcoholic in their family or grew up with an Alcoholic family member will understand what a major mistake is was to amend the constitution of the United States to make Alcohol legal again! Let's get a petition started to get this going! Who wants to sign first? Joe, George, et al...I just had a friend die at 52 from smoking cigarettes all his life. Sad that they are legal but cause such devastation to our health care system. Sounds crazy right? Because it is. It's not about safety it is about the money...period! Understand that one can use, abuse or become addicted to anything. Try eating fast food morning, noon and night and see how long it takes for your Doctor to freak out on you. The key to all of this is EDUCATION not PROHIBITION. Think about it....Is it because it's illegal you don't use it? Or is it because you don't want to use it? Prohibition is the worst possible way to keep people from hurting themselves. Don't believe me? Study history from 1920 to 1933. Yes, Alcohol is legal today because we learn is was safe and good for everyone...Not! But it is better then people killing each other over control of it.

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JAMES E FIEST said Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Again, "Why didn't they bring up their concerns while the Bill was in the House?"

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Joe Fazule said Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 6:59 am

Mr Roberts- Re: the solution being education, I used to believe that. Then I learned that the highest levels of drug abuse was within the medical profession. Those in the medical profession are the most knowledgeable regarding the dangers of abusing pharmaceuticals. However, the extremely long hours required of interns, coupled with the ready availability of stimulants in a hospital setting, results in some interns to take a stimulant to stay alert. After their shift, the effects of the stimulant inhibits sleep, so they take a sedative, also readily available to a physician. If this cycle continues, the unsuspecting physician develops a addiction. Nurses, also highly educated, surface occasionally for the diversion of drugs from the hospital. I believe Exeter Hospital had a major incident a couple years ago with an addicted medical employee. My point is availability of drugs encourages abuse. Most drug strategies recognize education, treatment, and reduction in availability are all necessary. Despite these strategies, there will still be drug abuse; our goal should be to reduce levels of abuse, we will never eliminate abuse.

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Mike Houst said Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 8:28 am

Jeb Bradley is nothing more than a fascist stooge for the law enforcement, criminal justice, and penal system industry who together make billions off busting people for drugs and ruining their lives more than the drugs ever would.

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Mike Parent said Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 12:58 pm

Joe Fazule. Those deaths were ruled as due to genetic conditions. And even if it were true, which it's not, that would be 2 deaths, world wide, since 2014. Alcohol ODs aka alcohol poisoning kills 6 Americans everyday! Spinsway https://www.rt.com/document/100000000000001000234903/ampAlcohol is 114 times as dangerous as MJ

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