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House Criminal Justice Committee said ‘no’ to legalizing pot

To The Daily Sun,

This is the 30th of my reports on what is going on in the Legislature in Concord — at least in the Criminal Justice Committee. Today we dealt with bills that the committee held for a closer look.

The first was the House version of the fetal homicide bill. This was essentially the same as the Senate version we passed in last session that set 20 weeks gestation as the point at which destruction of the preborn qualified as a homicide. This is ludicrous on the surface because, scientifically, life begins at fertilization. This is not the view widely held in the pro-death crowd, who think giving personhood status to the fetus is wrong. The House version would have set the standard at eight weeks, which is consistent with accepted medical definition of a fetus. Regardless this change was voted "Inexpedient to legislate" (ITL). We will have to wait for another chance to insert sanity into the law.

A bill requiring prisons to become accredited was voted "ought to pass" (OTP). Prisons have not been accredited since 2009. Since then the funds for accreditation were used to fund a manpower slot. This action was short sighted because whenever there is a lawsuit the plaintiff uses the lack of accreditation against us. It isn’t that we don’t qualify for accreditation. It is that we do not have it. Another bill on prisons was retained for “interim study” that would give credit for school work. This program is relatively new and there is not enough data to determine its effectiveness. Retaining a bill for interim study effectively kills the bill.

The much-watched bill to legalize marijuana in the middle of an opioid problem is a stupid action to take without thinking about other consequences. First and foremost, it is still a federally illegal substance. If arrested by the feds you will be prosecuted and you will lose your ability to purchase a firearm. Just because Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and Canada may legalize marijuana is not a sufficient reason for N.H. to follow suit. Rubbish. Even setting the age for legal use at 21 will tacitly tell the kids marijuana use is acceptable when it is not. It is a proven fact that the effects of marijuana use on the developing brain (until that age of about 25) are irreversible. Thankfully, the bill was voted ITL iInexpedient to legislate) by a vote of 13-7.

This concludes our legislative work for this year except for the election of a new speaker. Speaker Jasper appears to be in line to become the next Commissioner of Agriculture. Candidates are swarming like bees to honey. We’ll see who has the sharpest elbows. Until my next report, have a Happy Thanksgiving with your family.

Dave Testerman

Representative for Hill & Franklin

Franklin

  • Written by Edward Engler
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Would you be okay with WOW Trail going through your property?

To The Daily Sun,

I have been keeping up with all of the letters to the editor on the WOW Trail topic, as well as the articles, and after some "okay" explanations of how the railroad tracks and the snowmobile traill, and the WOW Trail could all go hand-in-hand, (even though I am certain most of the explanations are coming from people who don't know the lay of the land from Lakeport to Meredith well enough to realize, as mentioned by some others, that there are causeways and tunnels and driveways etc. I realize that local people on both sides of this idea at least see the value in both the railroad, and recreation like snowmobiling, which is positive. But some of the facts aren't correct. The snowmobile clubs stopped supporting the WOW Trail when it was made clear that the WOW Trail would absolutely NOT be open to motorized vehicles, even if covered in snow. It is to my understanding that because the organization has accepted federal money for the trail, they had to close it to motorized vehicles.

But the other large issue that no one wants to discuss, and that some people probably can't understand, is that the proposed WOW Trail will pass though hundreds of private landowners' property. Through South Down and Long Bay, through Paugus Park, through neighborhoods in Laconia and the Weirs, through Grouse Point, through neighborhoods in Meredith, directly through people's yards. People who purchased private property, on our lakeshores did so so they could enjoy they lake without others strangers coming through their yards. No one wants to admit the safety concerns, the privacy that will be taken away from individual taxpayers and their families, the fences that will divide people's one lot into two fenced areas, and block their views. Will we have to pass through the WOW Trail from one side of our properties to the other, using a lock and key? Who would want to live like that? They don't want to talk about the trash, the increased crime.

I ask the proponents, if it were going through your personal property would you be okay with that?

Lisa Meeken
Meredith

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