Following the national tide of public opinion favoring the
legalization of marijuana, the Democrat-controlled New Hampshire
house passed a bill - HB 492-FN-LOCAL - on Jan. 16 that would
legalize marijuana for recreational use.
In passing the bill, the New Hampshire House made history by becoming
the first legislative body to pass a bill that would legalize
There are currently only two states in the Union - Colorado and
Washington - where recreational marijuana is legal, and both states'
laws were passed through public referendum, as opposed to legislative action.
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The recent public hearings on the New Hampshire General Court's
possible passage of legislation that would legalize, decriminalize,
or make marijuana medically available shows that we New Englanders
continue to be leaders in issues of civil liberties.
If our nation's glorious Constitution (and dare I say, the spirit of
liberty that it embodies?) speaks of anything, it speaks of
inalienable autonomy, of the right of each citizen to do with his
life and to his body as he sees fit. There is no reason for our
current drug policies.
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Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson spoke on campus Sept.
19 and drew many like-minded supporters in to hear his speech.
Johnson, who served as the Republican Governor of New Mexico from
1995 to 2003, will be listed on the 2012 ballot in 47 states as a
Johnson is known for vetoing more bills than all other governors
combined, and also for vetoing a whopping 750 bills during his two
terms in office. He has been coined "Governor Veto" as a result of
his tendency to veto most bills that are presented to him.
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Last Thursday, President Barack Obama took questions submitted online
in video and text format in the spirit of his State of the Union
address two days earlier.
The President has conducted these in previous years, but this year's
town hall was a bit different.
The most popular video this year was one from retired deputy sheriff
MacKenzie Allen, a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
(LEAP). He took his time to ask the president whether there should
come a time for us to discuss the possibility of legalization,
regulation and control of all drugs in hopes of an alternative to the
current system of zero-tolerance prohibition. Where the President
would've laughed this question off to the anxious-to-please audience
in D.C. in years past, this year he chose to air and answer Mr.
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