Our Turn: Cannabis and the public’s health
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The New Hampshire Legislature is considering legalizing the sale and use of elective, or recreational, cannabis in the state.
The New Hampshire Medical Society and the New Hampshire Public Health Association do not categorically oppose legalization of cannabis for elective use. Pleasure, amusement, creativity and spirituality are important dimensions of healthy lives. The legal sale of a commercial product could contribute to a healthy economy, also a driver of community well-being. If legalization of cannabis supported these without adding to societal burdens of illness, trauma, addiction and other suffering, both organizations would almost certainly not be involved in the debate over legalization. Yet both organizations oppose the current bill under consideration for legalization.