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Slow down on pot: Don't puff; don't pass

November 19. 2017 10:40PM

The New Hampshire House Criminal Justice Committee is recommending against legalization of recreational marijuana. That’s the right thing to do, even if you favor legalization.

The Legislature this year decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, and the state’s medical marijuana law has barely been implemented.

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Union Leader correspondent Meghan Pierce reported last week that Dublin is changing its ordinance concerning drug paraphernalia. Police departments around the state are still figuring out how to enforce the new law.

Marijuana advocates are pushing for the full House to overturn the committee’s recommendation and pass the legalization bill in January.

This is why it’s so hard to reach genuine compromises. The Legislature agreed on a major change to marijuana laws, essentially turning pot possession into a traffic ticket, but the marijuana lobby is already back asking for more.

Advocates argued liberalizing marijuana laws would reduce opioid addiction. Let’s see how decriminalization works out first. 

If the House passed the legalization bill, it would signal to the state Senate that all deals are temporary, and that House negotiators will turn their backs on a compromise at the first opportunity.

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