Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Prohibition and the Wheels of Government Grind On

Mostly everything in their path...

The NH House committee formed by authority of last session's HB1373: "establishing a committee to study the effects of current state and federal laws on illegal drugs and the possession and use of such drugs," votes on its final report, 9/22/2010. Their finding: 'It is just too hard for us.'

Wonder what the bill sponsors, Reps. Joel Winters and Paul Ingbretson, must think of their dedication...

And herewith, the final "interim study" work session of the NH House Criminal Justice subcommittee addressing HB1652: "allowing purchase and use of marijuana by adults, regulating the purchase and use of marijuana, and imposing taxes on the wholesale and retail sale of marijuana" -- the "tax & regulate" bill, sponsored by my own Rep. Cal Pratt and the equally redoubtable Rep. Joel Winters, among others, from the previous session of the NH House, 9/22/2010.

Originating in the second session of the 2-year term, the original bill is now technically gone, but the committee soldiers on in an effort to craft something more, shall we say, "palatable" -- which is also, mercifully, inching toward "rational" in a drug war-crazed world -- for the next session, which begins after November's elections.

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