Legalization Bills Defeated

The New Hampshire Senate has killed two cannabis legalization bills, eliminating any hope for legalization efforts in 2022. On Thursday, April 28, the Senate rejected HB 629 in a 9-15 vote. This bill would have legalized possession and limited home cultivation. If you’d like to see how your senator voted, the roll call vote is available here.

The Senate also killed the state monopoly bill (HB 1598) in a voice vote. Here is an article with more details on these two Senate votes.

The death of HB 629 is disappointing but not surprising. For legalization supporters, the only silver lining is the fact that senators will face re-election this year. When election season arrives, we will share information about where senators and candidates stand on cannabis policy so voters will be informed.

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April Sale, Week 4

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State Monopoly Cannabis Bill Rejected

It now appears certain that the state monopoly cannabis legalization bill will not pass in 2022. On Wednesday, April 20, the N.H. Senate Ways and Means Committee unanimously voted against HB 1598. The bill will still receive a vote in the full Senate, but it is very unlikely to pass in light of this rejection by the committee.

If you’d like to read more about the Senate vote on HB 1598, check out this article.

In other news, the Senate postponed a vote that had been scheduled for another cannabis legalization bill. HB 629 was supposed to receive a vote on Thursday, April 21, after being approved in a 3-2 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The vote on this bill, which would simply legalize possession and limited home cultivation, will be rescheduled for another day.

If you haven’t already contacted your senator about HB 629, please look them up here and ask them to vote in favor!

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Senate Considers Legalization Bills This Week!

The action on cannabis legalization bills has been heating up in Concord in the last few weeks. Last week, for the first time in New Hampshire history, a Senate committee voted in favor of a cannabis legalization bill! The Senate Judiciary Committee approved HB 629, the bill that would simply legalize possession and limited home cultivation for adults, in a 3-2 vote on Thursday, April 14. The full Senate will vote on the bill Thursday, April 21.

Prime ATC strongly supports HB 629, and we are grateful to the three senators on the Judiciary Committee who voted in favor: Senator Harold French, Senator Jay Kahn, and Senator Becky Whitley. If you’d like to read more about this history-making vote, here’s a news article. If you’d like to contact your state senator, you can find their contact info here.

But before the Senate votes on HB 629 on Thursday, the Senate Ways and Means Committee will hold a public hearing Wednesday morning on the bill that would create a state monopoly for adult-use cannabis sales (HB 1598). Yes, you are reading that correctly – the state monopoly cannabis bill is scheduled for a hearing on 4/20.

Prime ATC does not support this bill, in part because we believe it presents a serious threat to the Therapeutic Cannabis Program. You can read more about HB 1598 in this article. A detailed summary of the bill is available here.

If you would like to attend the hearing on HB 1598, it will take place in Room 100 of the State House beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20. Members of the public are welcome to testify if they wish. You can also sign in remotely if you’d like to indicate your position to the committee or submit your thoughts in writing.

Thanks for reading – we hope you find this information helpful!

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Cannabis Legalization Update

The New Hampshire House of Representatives has passed two cannabis legalization bills this year, and these bills will soon be considered by the state Senate. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on one of these bills, HB 629, this Thursday (April 7) beginning at 9 a.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend and speak at the hearing, which will take place in Room 100 of the State House in Concord.

HB 629 would simply legalize possession and limited home cultivation of cannabis for adults 21 and older, putting New Hampshire’s possession laws more nearly into line with neighboring states. The bill would not establish a regulated market for adult-use cannabis. Prime ATC strongly supports this bill, which overwhelmingly passed the House in a 241-113 vote. You can read a summary of the bill here.

Another bill, HB 1598, would create a state monopoly for retail adult-use cannabis administered by the liquor commission. This bill passed the House last week by a much narrower margin of 169-155, and it has not yet been scheduled for a hearing in the Senate. Prime ATC does not support this bill, in part because we believe it presents a serious threat to the Therapeutic Cannabis Program. You can read more about HB 1598 in this article.

How You Can Support HB 629

Some legislators still do not understand why the home cultivation issue is so important to patients and consumers. If you would like to support the bill that legalizes cannabis possession and limited home cultivation for adults 21 and older, here are a few ways you can help:

(1) Indicate support at the public hearing, either in person or by signing in remotely in advance.

If you’re able to visit the State House in person, the hearing will take place in Room 100. There will be a sign-in sheet where you can indicate your support for the bill and (optionally) sign up to testify.

If you’re signing in remotely, here are the steps:

  1. Visit this page and select Thursday, April 7 on the calendar.
  2. For “Select the Committee,” choose “Senate Judiciary” from the drop-down box.
  3. Under “Choose the Bill,” select “9:00 am – HB 629.”
  4. For “I am,” select “a member of the public” representing “myself.”
  5. Click the bubble to indicate your position on the bill and submit the form.
  6. Enter your name, email, and town on the next page and click “continue” to complete the process.
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(2) Email and/or call your own state Senator.

You can find your state senator’s contact information here by selecting your town from the drop-down box. If you feel strongly about HB 629, reach out and tell them why!

(3) Write the Senate Judiciary Committee.

If you would like to share your comments with the five members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, visit their web page and click “Email Entire committee.”

Sample Letter to Senators

Here is a sample letter that you may use as a model in crafting your own email to your senator and the members of the Judiciary Committee. If you have any relevant personal experiences to share, please include them in the letter.

Dear Senator __________:

My name is __________ and I live in __________. I’m writing to ask that you vote in favor of HB 629, which would legalize possession and home cultivation of cannabis for adults 21 and older. Growing and possessing cannabis is legal in all three neighboring states, and it should be legal here as well.

Home cultivation is especially important for patients who rely on therapeutic cannabis. Taking care of your own medical needs shouldn’t be a crime.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Your Name

Supporting Sexual Assault Awareness in April

Today is the first day of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. At Prime ATC, we want to do everything we can to support victims of sexual assault and raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence issues.

The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence is dedicated to building “safe and just communities through advocacy, prevention and empowerment of anyone affected by sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking.” They work to achieve this goal by raising awareness about interpersonal violence, influencing public policy, ensuring that quality services are provided to victims, and seeking to prevent violence and abuse before they occur.

Prime ATC strongly supports this organization and its mission, so we will be raising money throughout April and making a donation at the end of the month. For every THC Brownie sold, we will donate $2, and for every THC Cookie sold, we will donate $1.

Patients, if you’d like to support this worthy cause, visit our menu to place an order!

Last month, we raised a very impressive $1,197 to support Operation Delta Dog. Thanks to all who participated and made this possible!

Rest in Peace, Renny Cushing

Prime ATC joins countless Granite Staters and others in mourning the passing of Renny Cushing, one of New Hampshire’s leading advocates for cannabis policy reform. As a longtime state representative, Cushing was a cheerful warrior who did everything under his power to turn the tide against cannabis prohibition. We are deeply saddened by this loss, and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.

Rep. Cushing’s many contributions to cannabis policy are detailed in this Facebook post. Additionally, you can read more about his long, impressive career as an activist and state legislator in this article.

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Renny Cushing (right) in the Senate gallery with Matt Simon in 2017, on the day the Senate passed a cannabis decriminalization bill sponsored by Cushing.

Supporting Healthy Hearts in February!

In February, Prime ATC is raising money to support the American Heart Association. For each 10-pack of strawberry fruit chews, we will donate $1 to this worthy cause. If you’d like to participate, visit our menu and place an order for strawberry fruit chews today!

This respected organization has been fighting against heart disease for nearly 100 years. Since 1949, they have invested more than $4.8 billion into research. Each year, they train 22 million people in how to perform life-saving CPR.

We are grateful to the American Heart Association for their advocacy, and we look forward to supporting their efforts with a contribution at the end of February!

Community Outreach: Prime will donate $1 for every 10-pack of strawberry fruit chews sold this month.

In January, we raised $600 to support Back In the Saddle Equine Therapy Center. Thanks to all who contributed by purchasing tincture in January!

2022 Legislative Update

By Matt Simon, Prime ATC Director of Public and Government Relations

The New Hampshire Legislature began its 2022 session last week, and one of the first bills the House approved was a cannabis legalization bill. HB 629 would eliminate penalties for possessing and growing small amounts of cannabis for adults 21 and older, and the House passed it in an overwhelming 241-113 vote. Here is a summary of the bill.

HB 629 would not directly impact the therapeutic cannabis program if it becomes law. However, Prime ATC supports this bill, in part because we know it would be beneficial for patients who feel strongly about cultivating their own cannabis. Unfortunately, the state Senate has not been receptive to similar bills in the past, and Gov. Chris Sununu has not expressed support. The next step for HB 629 will be a public hearing in a Senate committee. The Senate has not yet announced a date for this hearing.

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The N.H. House of Representatives meets in Representatives’ Hall, before the advent of COVID-19.

Before HB 629 receives further consideration, several more bills have been scheduled for hearings in the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. These hearings will take place on Thursday, January 20 and Friday, January 21 in Representatives’ Hall at the State House (107 N Main St, Concord). Unfortunately, there will not be an option for people to testify remotely, but all are welcome to submit written testimony and comments. If you’d like to email the committee and share your opinions on any (or all) of these bills, here is their email address: HouseCriminalJusticeandPublicSafety@leg.state.nh.us

Legalization Bills Being Considered Next Week

HB 1598 – legalizing possession for adults 21 and older and establishing a state monopoly on the sale of cannabis (Abbas), public hearing January 20 @ 9:30am. This bill would establish a regulated market for cannabis administered by the state liquor commission. Licensed businesses would produce and manufacture cannabis, which could only be sold in state-run stores. Prime ATC supports legalizing cannabis for adults, but we do not support this particular approach because we do not believe it is desirable for the state to monopolize sales. Legalization will create many economic opportunities, and we believe these opportunities should be broadly shared rather than concentrated in the hands of the state.

HB 1348 – legalizing possession and home cultivation for adults 21 and older (Egan), public hearing January 20 @ noon. This bill would eliminate penalties for possessing of up to one ounce of cannabis, 5g of hashish, and six cannabis plants (two of which may be mature) for adults 21 and older. It would not establish a regulated market. Prime ATC supports this bill.

Constitutional Amendments

In addition to these legalization bills, some legislators are also trying to legalize cannabis by amending the state constitution. If one of the following “Constitutional Amendment Concurrent Resolutions” receives 60% support in both the House and Senate, it will appear on the ballot in November 2022. Amending the Constitution requires two-thirds majority support from voters. Prime ATC is generally supportive of these efforts, and we hope to see one of these proposals advance to the Senate.

CACR 20 – legalization (Cushing), public hearing January 20 @ 2pm.

CACR 34 – legalization (Adjutant), public hearing January 20 @ 2:30pm.

CACR 35 – legalization (Prout), public hearing January 20 @ 3pm.

In addition to these legalization proposals, the committee will consider another bill relevant to cannabis policy on Friday, January 21:

HB 1400 – prohibiting law enforcement from using the scent of cannabis as probable cause for a search (Bouldin), public hearing January 21 @ 1:45pm.

A few other cannabis bills have not yet been scheduled for public hearings, including HB 1619, a bill that would add “moderate to severe migraine headaches” as a qualifying symptom for therapeutic cannabis. A different committee will consider that bill: the House Committee on Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs.

Finally, the legislature did not override Gov. Sununu’s veto of SB 38, a bill that would have allowed ATCs to reorganize as for-profit businesses. Prime ATC’s position was neutral on this bill, and we are happy to continue operating on a not-for-profit basis at this time.

We hope you appreciated this update on the state legislature! We will continue to keep you informed in our next legislative update as the action continues.

Back in the Saddle!

We are excited to be raising funds for another great cause in January: Back In The Saddle Equine Therapy Center! Located in Hopkinton, this excellent organization provides therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities to adults and children living with disabilities. You can read more about their mission and history here on their website.

Throughout the month of January, Prime ATC will make a donation for every tincture sold. We will donate $1 for each 4ml tincture and $2 for each 12ml tincture.

flyer announcing that Prime ATC will make a donation to Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center for every 4ml or 12ml tincture sold in January

Equine therapy is a form of alternative therapy that can be very beneficial for individuals living with physical or cognitive disabilities. Our donations will help Back In the Saddle succeed in its mission of making equine therapy available to more Granite Staters who could benefit. Horses are wonderful animals, but their upkeep is expensive and this limits the availability of equine therapy services. We are enthusiastic about supporting this cause, and we look forward to making a substantial donation at the end of January!

If you’d like to place an order for one of our tinctures to support this worthy cause, please visit our menu. Thanks, and Happy New Year from all our staff at Prime ATC!