New Hampshire Lawmakers on Marijuana Panel Begin Examination of Legalization The commission tasked with exploring legalization in the state will issue its final report next November. A commission tasked with exploring marijuana legalization in New Hampshire held its first meeting Tuesday, setting off a yearlong examination process ahead of its final report next November. Created by House Bill 215, the commission is charged with looking at what might happen if the state legalized marijuana, regulating and taxing it like alcohol, along the model of other states. STATE BY STATE: New Hampshire Cannabis News The goal is broad. Among the topics to be considered, according to the commission, are how legalization might affect the opioid crisis, crime rates, children’s health, DUI accidents, taxation policies and New Hampshire’s brand. “To me, in simple form, Green Rush I think it’s our job to identify the good, the bad and the ugly of legalization,” Rep. Patrick Abrami, the commission’s chairman, said at the meeting Tuesday. The commission will reach out to states that have already undertaken the effort, such as Colorado, which implemented legalization in 2014, and Massachusetts, which will roll out its legalization effort next summer. Members will try to set up video conferences with state officials over Skype, said Abrami, a Stratham Republican.
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The number of farms in Mendocino County, where the illicit market thrives, is unknown. Both the California Cannabis Industry Association and the California Growers Association reported ” several dozen ” members that lost their farms in the blazes. It’s too soon to say what percent of grows in California were affected by the fires, though it appears to be a minority. Smoke also blanketed huge swaths of Northern California last week, which presents a more widespread concern for the marijuana industry, according to Nick DiNicola, whose company, DiNicola Insurance Services, brokers insurance for companies in the cannabis space. “A lot of the farms weren’t destroyed but may Medical marijuana stocks not be able to sell their product because of all the pollution that came down from the fires,” DiNicola told Business Insider. Smoke-exposed crops are more vulnerable to disease , which could lead to unhealthy levels of mold, mildew, and fungus. The marijuana might also smell like fire, which causes it to lose value if it’s meant to smell like “lemon haze” or “blueberry kush,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle . Flames surround a marijuana plant as a wildfire burns near Oroville, California, on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Noah Berger/AP Still, the fires reached only a small section of the Emerald Triangle, which also includes Humboldt County and Trinity County. Local dispensaries that source their inventory from the counties affected by the fires are more likely to experience higher prices.
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