by Garret Ean
Jan 16 2014
Near 4:20pm yesterday afternoon, the New Hampshire house of representatives passed HB-492, which legalizes possession of up to one ounce of cannabis for personal consumption. While numerous versions of cannabis decriminalization have passed the house in recent years, and a weak medicinal cannabis bill was signed in to law last year, NH is unique in that nowhere else in the united states has a legislature approved a cannabis legalization measure. Previous legalization projects in Alaska, and current models in Colorado and Washington were codified via a ballot referendum process. Being hailed as one of the most proportionally representative governing bodies in the world (to the extent that a governing body ever actually represents people), the NH legislature demonstrated its populist roots through the 170-162 vote. Though the chief executive has already threatened to veto the bill if it ever reaches such a point in process, the approval of the bill by the house marks a milestone of deescalation of a portion of the drug war.
Earlier in the day, the prohibitionist governor, who is apparently comfortable marketing hard liquor for the state, was ambush interviewed by Ian Freeman and exercised her fifth amendment rights. It is often the tactic of governor Maggie Hassan to ignore independent news media and New Hampshire civilians when prompted with questions she does not want to answer. Is a brief response to one’s constituents so difficult?