State of New Hampshire secondary Archives: on Drugs


Colin Van Ostern: Legalize medical marijuana for chronic pain

On medical marijuana: "Colin will work with legislators to ensure that the state's recently-implemented medical cannabis program doesn't restrict medically-sound usage for chronic pain conditions that are safely treated by the drug. He will support legislation that would allow New Hampshire to join every other New England state in decriminalization."
Source: Ballotpedia.org on 2016 New Hampshire Gubernatorial race Aug 31, 2016

Colin Van Ostern: Health Protection Plan for addiction treatment services

On the state Executive Council, Colin cast the deciding vote to bring health care coverage to nearly 44,000 New Hampshire citizens -- including addiction treatment services to thousands --by implementing the bipartisan New Hampshire Health Protection Plan (sometimes called Medicaid Expansion).
Source: 2016 New Hampshire gubernatorial website VanOstern.com Jul 20, 2016

Jim Rubens: War on drugs is a flagrant $1 trillion policy failure

The global 50-year, $1 trillion war on drugs is a flagrant policy failure in urgent need of a thorough, evidence-based rethink. Here is what I've learned from the research and from my time as President of Headrest, a Lebanon-based drug and alcohol abuse and suicide prevention and counseling center.
Source: 2016 New Hampshire Senate campaign website JimRubens.com Apr 1, 2016

Jim Rubens: Legalize marijuana; drug-assisted treatment for opioids

For heroin, fentanyl and the opioids, we can learn from the eight European nations and Canada which operate "drug assisted treatment" programs, providing opioid receptor blocking drugs like Suboxone to addicts, administered in healthcare facilities or clinics in combination with drug tests and counseling. The measured outcomes include sharp reductions in illegal drug use, drug crimes, disease, & overdose deaths.

For marijuana, Congress should grant states the power to legalize and regulate as they see fit like alcohol. I would then suggest (not mandate) that states require child-proof packaging and labels disclosing potency and health effects, including the fact that MJ use involves performance and brain developmental effects (though far less in the aggregate than tobacco or alcohol). I would also suggest banning advertising & public use, licensing in-state wholesale producers, allowing personal production in limited quantities, and extending DUI laws to cover marijuana metabolite blood levels.

Source: 2016 New Hampshire Senate campaign website JimRubens.com Apr 1, 2016

Chris Sununu: Given NH's opioid epidemic, a drug czar is a necessity

The [drug czar] position is funded by an appropriation from the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. At a news conference afterwards, Sununu said the position has been vacant for too long, given the severity of the opioid epidemic. "This is an important position. It's vital, something everyone is clamoring for. It crosses party lines. It's just an absolute necessity for the state."
Source: Manchester Union Leader on 2016 New Hampshire governor race Mar 9, 2016

Jon Lavoie: Fund heroin interdiction, but fund treatment too

Stopping the trafficking of heroin into our state should be our #1 priority, but it's a very difficult proposition. How do you stop something that can fit in someone's pocket? Our state and town police departments are doing everything they can to help rid our state of harmful drugs like heroin. I believe the state government should aid them with whatever they may need to maximize their effectiveness in doing so. This will require some funding.

I believe that those who need help and want help, should have the opportunity to receive treatment. Proper pharmaceutical and behavioral treatment are typically required. As Governor, I would push to have medical insurance companies include this treatment in their plans, some already do. For those without medical insurance, I am in favor of having the state provide funding for treatment.

Source: 2016 New Hampshire Governor campaign website, JonLavoie.org Nov 4, 2015

Jon Lavoie: Learn from Colorado and collect marijuana tax dollars

Colorado is banking $12 million per month from legalizing and taxing marijuana. Now let me preface this with the fact that I don't smoke anything. But we all know that buying marijuana these days is almost as easy as buying cigarettes or alcohol. From everything I've read, it's less harmful than both. Colorado has come to the realization that it costs more to prosecute someone for marijuana possession than the fine brings in. Marijuana is easy to find, and I'm not even looking for it! So CO made it legal and taxed it like tobacco and alcohol, and from what I've read, it seems to be going ok. We are the "Live Free or Die" state. Perhaps it's time to learn from Colorado and start collecting tax dollars on something that people are going to do whether it's legal or not.

All I ask is that you don't label me as the guy who wants to legalize pot. These are just ideas that I believe this state should take a serious look at.

Source: 2016 New Hampshire Governor campaign website, JonLavoie.org Nov 4, 2015

Jeanne Shaheen: Allow medical marijuana; but no recreational marijuana

In addition to opposing views on Obamacare and the economy, the two also addressed the issue of medical marijuana. "I think New Hampshire moved in a positive direction when it allowed medicinal marijuana," Shaheen said.

"The difference we have on medicinal marijuana is I want to make sure it's an FDA-approved medicinal marijuana," Brown said. Both said they do not support changing the law on recreational use of marijuana.

Source: WMUR ABC-9 Manchester on 2014 New Hampshire Senate debate Oct 7, 2014

Scott Brown: Restrict medical marijuana; and no recreational marijuana

In addition to opposing views on Obamacare and the economy, the two also addressed the issue of medical marijuana. "I think New Hampshire moved in a positive direction when it allowed medicinal marijuana," Shaheen said.

"The difference we have on medicinal marijuana is I want to make sure it's an FDA-approved medicinal marijuana," Brown said. Both said they do not support changing the law on recreational use of marijuana.

Source: WMUR ABC-9 Manchester on 2014 New Hampshire Senate debate Oct 7, 2014

Ray Metcalfe: End the war on drugs

Source: 2016 New Hampshire gubernatorial website Metcalfe4Senate.com Nov 1, 2008

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