CITIZEN VOICES® Marijuana in state liquor stores?

Oct 31, 2017

With a growing number of states legalizing recreational pot, New Hampshire legislators are considering how the state should regulate weed sales if recreational use becomes legal in the future. HB 377, which is currently in committee, would require the New Hampshire Liquor Commission to control the purchase and sale of marijuana the same way it does alcohol.  Read more about this issue

"If recreational marijuana becomes legal in New Hampshire, should sales be limited to state liquor stores?"

Discussion held on Citizens Count NH website and Facebook page October 31, 2017

300 citizens responded222 citizens were opposed to limiting marijuana sales to state liquor stores38 citizens were in favor of limiting marijuana sales to state liquor stores40 citizens commented on related questions or issues

What Participants Said

No: 222 citizens were opposed to limiting the sale of marijana to state liquor stores if the state were to legalize recreational marijuana.

  • “No. Give small business a chance.”
  • “No. I would rather go to a smoke shop or a dispensary. I don’t want to go in the liquor store for bud.”
  • “No. Anyone should be able to grow it and sell it. No restrictions.”

Yes: 38 citizens were in favor of limiting the sale of marijana to state liquor stores if the state were to legalize recreational marijuana.

  • “There’s plenty of stores in place already. Would be very efficient to regulate and vend.”
  • “Yes. The liquor control state model works well for New Hampshire and I think it can be properly applied to cannabis.”
  • “Yes. The amount of money the state will make from this will ensure we don't end up with a sales or income tax for years.”

Other: 40 citizens did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues.
These included:  

  • Marijuana use: “I just got diagnosed with cancer.  I will be smoking weed and doing edibles. Legal or not.”
  • Medical marijuana prices: “The state has a set price of $360 per ounce for the Therapeutic Cannabis program while you can buy the same quality on the streets for $175. The state of NH is being ridiculously greedy.”
  • Logistics: “It's not going to get sold at any state liquor stores or any business that wants to use credit cards without a lot of hassle until it’s legal federally because most credit card processors will not do business with shops that sell pot.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.

Read the full Facebook discussion of this question.


Harry Kozlowski
- Hooksett

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 7:37pm

If you are going to allow recreational marijuana, it only makes sense to sell it through the state liquor stores. Here's why:

1) 100% of sales goes to state revenue. No need for retail layer. No need for licensing retail dispensaries.
2) No banking issues. The federal courts have already ruled that states can bank marijuana taxes. By selling through state liquor stores, you eliminate the "cash-only" problems retail dispensaries face.
3) Complete control. Selling through the state liquor system ensures New Hampshire can enforce access restrictions, as they do now with liquor.

Many opinions I read here are more emotion based. You have to understand that tens of thousands of Granite Staters already smoke pot and obtain it through the black market. Legalization and sales through the state liquor system brings those millions of dollars into the legal economy. We are surrounded by states (and a country) with legal recreational marijuana. People are just going to drive to Maine or Massachusetts to buy. Why let those dollars go out of state?

Test User
- Hampton

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 2:39pm

I don't think marijuana belongs in liquor stores - all that makes me think of is now people are drving drunk and stoned. I dont' think the two mix well and I don't think they belong together. I like marijuana in a medical marijuana store and I believe that is where it belongs even if down the road we determine that it is legal to sell without a medical card - it should still be in a store where the staff is educated on the various strains and the effects.

Related Bill

HB 377 (2017)
Bill Status: Interim Study
Hearing date: Jan 24, 2017

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