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Pot Reform Group Touts Health-Based Debate In NH

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Medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy and supporters of his advocacy group are in New Hampshire railing against a bill that would legalize recreational use of marijuana.

Kennedy and his group — Smart Approaches to Marijuana — say legalizing marijuana would create another class of addicts and likened it to tobacco and alcohol addictions.

Speaking at a press conference in Concord’s Legislative Office Building, Kennedy said legalizing pot would amount to a public health nightmare.

New Hampshire already legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, but has not yet implemented rules for its use.

SAM is partnering with New Futures — a Granite State nonprofit working to reduce drug and alcohol problems.

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