Poll: New Hampshire Voters Strongly Support Decriminalizing Drug Possession

By Drug Policy Alliance

Majorities of Republicans, Democrats and Independents Oppose Arresting People for Simple Possession decriminalizing drug possesssionof Any Drug, Want Health Insurers to Provide Treatment and Support Eliminating Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Non-Violent Drug Offenders

CONCORD, NH — A substantial majority of New Hampshire presidential primary voters support decriminalizing drug possession, according to a new poll released by the Drug Policy Alliance.

Sixty-six percent of voters in the first-in-the-nation primary, including half of all Republicans and 68% of independents, think people caught with a small amount of illegal drugs for personal use should be evaluated for drug issues, offered treatment but not be arrested or face any jail time.

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New York Governor to Legalize Medical Cannabis Through Executive Action

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that he will take executive action next week that will allow for the use of cannabis for medical purposes among medcannabisthose with serious illnesses.

Under Governor Cuomo’s plan, which bypasses the legislature by relying on a provision in the public health law known as the Antonio G. Olivieri Controlled Substance Therapeutic Research Program, 20 hospitals across the state will be authorized to prescribe cannabis to patients with cancer, glaucoma and other diseases that meet standards to be set by the New York State Department of Health.

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President of Guatemala Praises Colorado and Washington for Legalizing Cannabis

The President of Guatemala Otto Pérez Molina praised the voters of Colorado and Washington for legalizing cannabis during a speech given at the United Nations on Thursday. The presidentpresidentg also spoke out against the failures of the drug war, and urged countries to take a different approach.

“You know global drug policy is changing when the president of a Latin American country plagued by drug trafficking violence praises US initiatives to legalize marijuana,” said Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “It feels like sanity and rationality are at last penetrating the highest levels of governments throughout the Americas.”

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