When Republican Sen. Bob Giuda, a agency opponent of marijuana legalization, confronted down New Hampshire’s first vital political battle to legalize final 12 months, he knew the circumstances could be tough.
Cannabis advocates had public opinion on their facet – 68% of Granite Staters support legalization – a big majority in the state House felt the identical, and New Hampshire was surrounded on 4 sides by governments that had legalized the drug themselves.
But Giuda and his fellow opponents had their very own arsenal to place in play. They delivered to New Hampshire the previous U.S. District Attorney for Colorado, the U.S. Drug Czar below President George W. Bush, medical doctors from MIT and Harvard, and a Newark bishop who led the battle in opposition to legalization in New Jersey, all of whom lamented the consequences of legalization efforts in different states and warned New Hampshire to not transfer forward.
After weeks of hearings, the stress delivered outcomes. Bogged down by disagreement, the House’s legalization invoice – New Hampshire’s first since Democrats took over the House and Senate below Republican Gov. Chris Sununu – was pushed right into a examine committee.
“We worked very hard – I worked very hard – to kill that bill,” Giuda mentioned. [Read more at Concord Monitor]