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CONCORD — As Maine and Massachusetts grapple with licensing and implementing recreational retail marijuana entities, Canada legalizing and Vermont allowing individuals to grow it; New Hampshire is on the verge of becoming a doughnut hole, surrounded by legal marijuana in all directions.

Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in defiance of federal prohibition of the substance, which in turn has created a slow simmering four-way standoff between the U.S. Justice Department, the banking system, state governments and the burgeoning marijuana industry within their respective borders; currently filing their coffers with millions of dollars in previously unrealized tax revenue, a byproduct of making a historically black market legitimate.


The state’s Commission to Study the Legalization Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana will deliver its final report to Gov. Chris Sununu by Nov. 1. hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy treatment in india The commission includes legislators from both sides of the aisle, law enforcement officials, state regulators, law and medical professionals. anxiety meaning in urdu The commission gathered testimonies from more than 20 individuals with expertise in dealing with marijuana, including regulators from states that have legalized over the course of the last year.

According to the commission’s chairman, Rep. Pat Abrami, R-Stratham, two members were tasked with laying out the comprehensive case both for and against legalization. Abrami said the commission is not providing a recommendation on an up or down vote to legalize marijuana.

“We did not want to bias the process by offering a recommendation," he said. "We only entertained peer-reviewed material and asked if we pass legalization, what would the structure of the market look like? This is really a matter for the Legislature to decide in a coming session.”

A preliminary draft report made available to Seacoast Sunday offers multi-million dollar tax revenue projections from the sale and taxation of marijuana, the regulatory framework of the state’s market and spells out lingering issues that would be an impediment to legalizing a substance that remains a Schedule I narcotic with the likes of heroin and LSD on the federal level.

The report recommends if marijuana legalization passes, citizens age 21 and older could legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana on their person in public, as long as they are not consuming, and grow up to 12 plants in their home, with up to six being fully matured at any one time.

According to the draft report using figures compiled by the state Department of Revenue Administration, which assumes more than 130,000 residents would buy retail marijuana products priced between $330 and $370 an ounce and taxed at 7 to 15 percent at the point of sale; it could yield between $15 million and $27 million on the low end of taxation and $33 million to $58 million on the high end, annually.

Abrami said in New Hampshire’s potential future legal marijuana market, or what would be referred to as “cannabis” because marijuana is technically a slang term, he added, would rely entirely on free market principles by not having a fixed number of state licenses. Applicants would be required to meet other criteria such as zoning by setting up shop at least 1,000 feet away from a school, for instance, and municipalities would have to approve marijuana enterprises through a local opt-in ordinance or election.

“We’d require at least one owner to be a New Hampshire resident and they’ll have to pass a state police background check because we don’t want organized crime getting involved,” Abrami said. “We don’t want to over-tax this because we wouldn’t want the black market to continue. We’re not doing this for the money. generalized anxiety disorder dsm 5 code We want the tax rate to make these businesses competitive with neighboring states and if the state gets a surplus out of it, then that’s a bonus.”

Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, said as per the commission’s recommendations, the additional revenue raised through the taxation of sale of legal marijuana would be initially directed to fund education, prevention and abuse treatment and law enforcement technology to detect impaired driving, similar to the state alcohol fund.

“Most legislators on the commission see the revenue earned going towards very specific (programs) but we’ve seen with the alcohol fund there was nothing in place to require that money to fund alcohol abuse treatment,” Simon said. “The goal is to create a market consumers want to choose, understanding that they won’t buy an overly taxed product. I was skeptical of the commission to begin with because a lot of its members seem unlikely to support legalization, but they took the time to listen to experts in other states and I applaud their efforts to create the best path for the state to implement this if it occurs.”

The report recommends an independent regulatory commission with three commissioners and an appointed executive director, similar to the state Lottery Commission, would need to be established to regulate a recreational legal cannabis market. The report recommends assembling an additional cannabis advisory board that could be renewed after the first two years of legalization.

Beyond the two cannabis regulatory arms recommended by the commission, the report states additional resources in the form of new staff hires would have to be drawn from four other agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Administrative Services to assist in administering the legal market. nanoxia deep silence 2 vs 3 The Department of Revenue projected the entire regulatory function would cost the state nearly $13.3 million, according to the report.

Abrami said the commission will meet at least two more times in October before completing the final report. He said there are several lingering issues the commission has failed to reach consensus on or is still weighing, such as how to regulate the potency of marijuana and what to do about individuals with prior marijuana possession convictions for amounts of less than one ounce.

Abrami raised issues such as the need for companies drawing upon a pool of people unable to pass a drug test if marijuana were to be legalized, its risk of abuse, legal marijuana businesses in other states not being able to access the banking system because of the federal prohibition. anxious meaning in english He also cited the lack of an accurate sobriety test for police officers to administer to drivers suspected of driving high as reasons why the social costs of legalization could outweigh financial benefits to the state.

“When the polls say 50, 60 percent of people want this legalized, we don’t know what their perception of marijuana is," Abrami said. "Smoking it is almost passé with edibles and ‘shatter,’ an extract that has 94 percent TCH, (the active chemical compound in cannabis that produces its psychoactive effects). The second question that is never asked is do you want (marijuana businesses) in your town? There are a number of indisputable overriding issues.”

Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello, who served as the New Hampshire Association of Police Chiefs’ representative on the marijuana study commission, said the association’s position on cannabis remaining illegal but decriminalized has not changed. He called on Sununu, if re-elected, to strike down any legalization legislation in the event a bill passes the Legislature.

“No state that has legalized marijuana has yet to rid itself of the black market," Mello said. "Seeing legal marijuana come into the state from the legalized states is not something new to us. The revenue earned from marijuana may help the state’s bottom line, but if you’re creating an environment where marijuana is legal, abuse goes up and you’re left paying out of this fund for treatment.”

Simon said if marijuana remains illegal in New Hampshire, the propensity for users to misuse the drug will still exist, but the abuse would be fueled by an unregulated substance supplied by the black market in a state that would be devoid of the funding for education, prevention and treatment of said abuse.

“In an unregulated market, no one is checking the age of the buyer," Simon said. "It’s true that some people can develop a dependence on cannabis just like some people develop a dependence on alcohol, caffeine or tobacco. People with cannabis dependence may suffer insomnia or anxiety but their dependence is much easier to quit than the other substances with fewer negative health effects. Those who do develop a problem should have access to treatment. The point has never been to say marijuana is harmless, but that the policy of prohibition itself has had harmful effects on the public.”

Representatives of New Futures, which opposes marijuana legalization, declined to comment until the commission compiles its final report. hypoxic anoxic brain injury The nonprofit organization "advocates, educates and collaborates to improve the health and wellness of all New Hampshire residents through policy change."