Just days after the New Hampshire Democratic Party added marijuana legalization to the party platform, Senator Jeff Woodburn launched an online campaign for legalization. Woodburn is running for re-election, and if re-elected he will file legislation for legalization.
The online campaign will focus on showcasing the support for legal recreational marijuana in New Hampshire, NH Labor News reports. Woodburn also wants to showcase that legal marijuana can develop a stream of revenue to the state. He’s hopeful that he can deliver at least 5,000 signatures supporting legalization to Governor Sununu on August 1.
Woodburn said, “It’s not too late to joint our neighbors and many other states across the country. New Hampshire adults deserve access to the health and wellness benefits and consistent quality, variety and safety of legalized cannabis, and all our citizens will benefit from associated job creation and other economic opportunities.”
Woodburn said, “The governor and other politicians need to hear from the people that the time has come. My focus is on strict regulation to keep marijuana away from minors and organized crime; closely regulated private cultivation, distribution and retail system with a local option to participate; taxation that is competitive with neighboring states; and a tax revenue plan that benefits children and families impacted by substance misuse and education.”
Woodburn is concerned with New Hampshire’s slow reform and believes that the state may be at a disadvantage with its neighboring states already legalizing and getting a jump on the industry in New England. It’s estimated that legal marijuana could bring as much as $50-million in tax revenue to the state annually. It would also create hundreds, if not thousands of jobs.
Woodburn said, “We can’t, and shouldn’t fight against the tide – especially when there is so much the state stands to gain through legalization. We’re more pragmatic than that here and need to protect the New Hampshire advantage.”