Alcohol Hinders New Hampshire’s Legalization Movement

NH liquor wants in on the New Hampshire Legalization movement.  The prosperity of such actions has led to a deterrent of cannabis reform for the state.

“The first section of the bill, says it all. The bill is very simple in that it doesn’t address legalization. That can happen anywhere else and probably has (heh) nowhere this committee. What this committee does do, is regulate liquor enforcement.” says John Hunt (R) of New Hampshire.

“At the end of the day, in any state that has gone anywhere near the marijuana issue, the task of it and regulating of it or sales of it, or who’s in charge of it, is the liquor industry. It needs to be clear that if we were to ever legalize marijuana in the state, that the NH liquor commission would have exclusive rights to the retail of marijuana and that the liquor commission can create rules and regulations on the distribution of marijuana and how it will be sold.”

This is John Hunt.

According to bill HB 377:

 If the sale of marijuana for recreational use is not otherwise prohibited by the laws of this state, it shall be the duty of the commission to buy and have in its possession marijuana for sale in the manner provided in this title.  The commission shall be the exclusive retail seller of marijuana, except as provided in RSA 126-X.

It makes sense (unfortunately) that NH Liquor wants their hand in the “pot”. With Colorado’s cannabis now a billion dollar industry, the potential for more money has caught they eye of New Hampshire’s (far less lucrative) $646.9 million dollar alcohol industry.

The bill proposed would hinder the ability of New Hampshire residents to sell their own product. Instead of having many New Hampshirites growing, cultivating, selling and creating a new industry, it will be in the hands of an industry with no experience in cannabis.

On the other end of the spectrum, New Hampshire ranks as one of the highest consumers of alcohol in the country (be proud of that if you want).  With our consumption, cause creates worry about how regulations will safely handle the impact cannabis. Those issues are a real.

The idea should not be to restrict alcohol companies from the cannabis cause, but allow others to join. The possibility of having a free market for cannabis in New Hampshire not only gives people the right to partake in the industry but also provides an opportunity to improve upon standards in contrast to an industry with no known knowledge of the market.

Alcohol has the professionalism that New Hampshire is looking for with cannabis, but to own and monopolize the market is a misdirection for what many believe could open new doors of opportunity and revenue in the state.