MARIJUANA SHOULD NOT BE LEGALIZED IN NH!
WHAT: New Hampshire SHOULD NOT legalize marijuana. The full House is voting on HB 492 on Wednesday, January 15th.
ACTION: Call your representatives and ask them to vote “inexpedient to legislate” on HB 492!
WHEN: Not later than the end of Tuesday, January 14th.
BACKGROUND ON HB 492
HB 492 is modeled on the Colorado law that legalizes the cultivation, production, sale, possession, and use of marijuana and would enable the development of for profit commercial marijuana industry (think Big Tobacco and Big Alcohol).
Despite its title, HB 492 contains no effective regulatory provisions.
The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted to recommend HB 492 inexpedient to legislate. HB 492 is opposed by all New Hampshire law enforcement agencies, the departments of health and human services, justice, and safety, the New Hampshire Medical Society, and numerous community prevention groups.
TALKING POINTS FOR YOUR REPRESENTATIVES
The medical marijuana legislation that New Hampshire just passed in 2013 has not yet been implemented. The full legalization initiatives in Colorado and Washington are in the very early stages of operation. We should wait to take further action on marijuana legislation until we know both how our medical marijuana bill is working and the impact of legalization in Colorado and Washington.
HB 492 WILL INCREASE ACCESS TO AND USE/ABUSE/DEPENDENCE OF MARIJUANA
Legalizing marijuana will decrease the cost of marijuana, increase access to and use of the substance, resulting in higher levels of abuse and dependence. Research confirms
that marijuana is a harmful substance particularly to youth, because of its impact on brain development and function. One in every six adolescents that uses marijuana will become dependent. By conveying the message to youth that marijuana is “safe” and expanding access to the product, HB 492 presents a significant risk to the health and well being of our youth and young adults.
NEW HAMPSHIRE IS NOT COLORADO.
HB 492 is based on the Colorado statute – is this what we want for our State?
COMMERCIAL MARIJUANA ENTERPRISE
HB 492 will give rise to a for profit commercial network of growers, manufacturers, distributors and retail establishments with the incentive to increase consumption by marketing and the development of new products (marijuana infused Jolly Rancher candies) in order to create new users and support heavy users. Large business and investment entities are actively exploring what has been described as an enormous business opportunity.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
• Find out who your Legislators are here.
• Call them before Tuesday, January 14th and ask them to kill HB 492.
DON’T WAIT TO CALL YOUR VOICE MATTERS!
225-9540 EXT. 110
Read our Op-ed
“Legalizing Marijuana Poses Serious Risk to Public Health”
On an average December day, nearly 11,500 young people between the ages of
12 and 17 years old start drinking alcohol, according to a new holiday-themed infographic posted in the Resources pages of the StopAlcoholAbuse.gov web portal maintained on behalf of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking. The statistic was included in a July 2012 report issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), based on an analysis of data from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, that found that initiation of alcohol use among those younger than 18 occurred at the highest levels in December, June, and July.
Underage Drinking: Role-Playing Game Making Impact
Washington, D.C. — The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) introduces Start the Talk, its new videogame-like tool that helps parents practice tough conversations about underage drinking in a risk-free virtual environment. Start the Talk comes at a crucial time as the rate of youth using alcohol for the first time doubles in the month of December and remains high into January.
Start the Talk is the newest component of Talk. They Hear You., SAMHSA’s underage drinking prevention campaign that launched last May. The campaign equips parents and caregivers with the information, tools, and confidence they need to start talking to youth early—as early as 9 years old—about the dangers of alcohol.
Start the Talk is an evidence-based behavioral tool that uses life-like avatars to engage in interactive conversations. The simulation is based on research in social cognition, learning theory, and neuroscience. Each virtual role-play conversation is structured as a 10- to 15-minute interactive, videogame-like experience. Users enter a risk-free practice environment, assume a parental role, and engage in a conversation with an intelligent, fully animated, emotionally responsive avatar that models human behavior and adapts its responses and behaviors to the user’s conversation decisions.
“The holiday season is a time of year when families come together,” said Frances M. Harding, Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. “Now is the perfect time for parents and caregivers to connect with their children and talk about the dangers of drinking alcohol. Short, frequent discussions can make all the difference. Start the Talk provides a safe place to practice these conversations and build confidence.”
“Ongoing, open, and calm conversations between children and their parents and caregivers are important to preventing underage alcohol use,” added Harding. “Even when children seem like they aren’t listening, they really do hear us.”
Studies have shown that parents have a significant influence on young people’s decisions about alcohol consumption, especially when they create supportive and nurturing environments in which their children can make their own decisions. This is why talking to children early and often can have a significant impact on how a child thinks about alcohol. Equipping parents with a tool such as Start the Talk can foster these discussions.
Realizing that many parents and caregivers are “on the go,” SAMHSA plans to launch a mobile application version of Start the Talk in spring 2014. In addition, SAMHSA will soon redesign Start the Talk in 3D and allow users to choose from a new selection of diverse avatars.
Parents and caregivers are asked to try Start the Talk and share it with friends and family. SAMHSA also urges the prevention community to share Start the Talk and the Talk. They Hear You. campaign resources on their websites, through social media channels, and in newsletters.
Talk. They Hear You. is SAMHSA’s national public service announcement campaign that empowers parents to talk to young children as early as 9 years old about the dangers of underage drinking.
Visit www.underagedrinking.samhsa.gov to try Start the Talk and for more tips and information.
For more information about SAMHSA, visit www.samhsa.gov.
The Substance Misuse Prevention plan for Carroll County Coalition for Public Health is based on data collected during 2011-2013. There are three major goals: Decrease marijuana use among high school aged youth in Carroll County by 2015; Decrease alcohol use among high school aged youth in Carroll County by 2015; and to decrease non-medical prescription drug use among high school, aged students and young adults in Carroll County by 2015.
We are committed to developing a team of community leaders from a variety of community sectors and Carroll County communities to champion substance abuse prevention efforts in Carroll County and to provide direction to C3PH as we engage in activities and initiatives to reach our goals. The team will meet bi-monthly, at minimum. The meeting times are negotiable, as well as meeting locations. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, January 22, 2014 from 9 – 10:30. Location to be announced. Interested individuals/organizations should contact Jennifer at email@example.com or call 603-301-1252.
Not prepared to commit to a leadership role? That’s OK. We will post activities and opportunities for volunteers to participate and contribute to substance abuse prevention in Carroll County. For example, we would like to host a Town Hall Meeting in April of 2014. We have a small stipend from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to hold a forum to provide parents and the general public with information about the extent of alcohol and other drug use locally. How can we get people to attend? Where is the best place to hold it? What format will work best? Who would be appropriate presenters? Join us on the 22nd to add your voice and suggestions.
Carroll County Coalition for Public Health completes first seasonal influenza vaccination initiative
Carroll County Public Health Vaccine Coordinator James Richardson is pleased to announce the successful completion of the 2013-2014 school based vaccination clinic initiative. In all 14 of the counties public schools participated. A total of 640 children were vaccinated against seasonal influenza. The vaccine coordinator would like to thank the following participating agencies for providing resources to help us conduct this important public health initiative for Carroll County:
The school nurses, principals, and SAU administrators of Carroll County
Huggins and Memorial Hospitals
Central NH VNA and Hospice
Visiting Nurse Home-care and Hospice of Carroll County
Conway NH Fire and Rescue
Carroll County Medical Reserve Corps Unit
Carroll County Coalition for Public Health
We look forward to continuing this program next year. For questions, comments, or if your school would like to participate next year please contact the office at 603-301-1252