Letter: Different Priorities for Marijuana

To the Editor:

Recently, I wrote to advocate the legalization of all drugs, but particularly marijuana, as the only fair and humane way to deal with one of society’s great ills. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the New Hampshire House is set to vote next month on legalizing the possession (and, I hope, the production and sale) of one ounce of marijuana.

I noticed state Rep. Steve Vaillancourt was supporting the bill, “by legalizing, regulating and taxing” it.

In my letter supporting legalization, I used the words “legislate, regulate and educate.”

Isn’t it funny how politicians, even good ones such as Vaillencourt, have different priorities than average citizens?

Matt Cardillo



Letter: Criminalization Isn’t the Answer

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

To the Editor: Reading Ben Barber’s op-ed piece (“We’ll Pay a High Price for Legalizing Pot,” Dec. 20) reminded me once again of the hilarity of listening to educated people saying incredibly stupid things. Having smoked pot for almost 40 years — although not at all in the last 10 — leaves me ­eminently qualified to speak to the horrible …

N.H. House To Vote on Marijuana Use

Monday, December 30, 2013

Concord — New Hampshire’s House votes early next month whether to legalize up to 1 ounce of marijuana for recreational use for anyone age 21 and older. Supporters propose taxing the drug when it is sold at retail at a rate of $30 per ounce and letting people grow up to six marijuana plants in a controlled environment. State Rep. …