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Our High School Youth Action students created this important Public Service Announcement regarding HB 481: 

Did you know, Colorado is finding out that for every $ in tax revenue,
it is costing $4.50 in public health expenses. Not such a deal, after all?

Some of the real costs of Marijuana legalization

Five Fast Facts About Marijuana Legalization:

What can you do? The Realities of Marijuana Legalization


We thank New Futures for providing information on how to get involved with sharing your voice with local newspapers. View sample letters to the editor here: 

June 27, 2018:

Raymond Coalition for Youth wants you to know the facts about Marijuana in New Hampshire

News from our partners at New Futures: February 19, 2018

February 19, 2018

Thank you for your advocacy so far to help keep New Hampshire healthy and stop the legalization and commercialization of marijuana. We know that legalization is wrong for New Hampshire's youth and overall quality of life. Find some more information below on what's going on in the Granite State's fight to oppose marijuana legalization and commercialization.

Update on HB 656

Thank you to the many advocates who turned out to testify in opposition to marijuana legalization at last week's hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee. The committee heard from many concerned citizens about increased health and public safety costs that will result from legalization.

Call to Action

The Ways and Means Committee is expected to vote on HB 656 this Wednesday, 2/21. It's not too late to call the committee and let them know that opening the door to Big Marijuana is wrong for New Hampshire.

The Granite State Opinion

Granite Staters have been writing in and sharing their thoughts on legalizing this harmful substance and making it easier for our youth to access. Check out a couple of the latest pieces, or see a full list here.

Marijuana In the News

Things like law loopholes, edibles being shared with daycare providers, and more have been highlighted in recent nationwide news about marijuana.


New Marijuana information, research and resources are available:


January 9, 2018:
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Therapeutic Cannabis in New Hampshire –      Child Safety Tips for Parents & Laws and Responsible Use:                                                Grandparents:


January 10, 2018:

Have you heard about HB 656?  It is an effort to legalize Marijuana in NH.  On January 9th House  voted to allow for the possession, consuming, growing, and transporting of up to 6 plants of marijuana for personal possession. That's nearly 6 pounds of marijuana for personal use!  If this bill passes, this harmful substance will be much more accessible to our youth while their brains are being built.  In prevention we know that one of the keys to reducing substance misuse is reducing access.  

Our RCFY - Youth Action members have something to say about the January 9th vote by the NH House. They can't all vote, but shouldn't their opinion matter? They are the ones who see the effects of marijuana on their peers, community and families.

If this is a matter that is important to you there is still time to share your feelings on this issue with members of the Ways and Means committee  but you will need to call or email as soon as possible.  To learn more about marijuana legalization you can visit our partners at New Futures' website

December 3, 2017:

Celeste Clark, RCFY's Executive Director, along with Kate Frey, the VP of Advocacy for New Futures, on WMUR-TV with Fred Kocher discussing Marijuana in NH and the importance of making sure youth and young adults have healthy coping skills. Video courtesy of WMUR TV.

Effects on the body:      Marijuana use &               Marijuana: Pregnancy      
Medical Use:     
educational outcomes:    & newborns:                      



March, 2017:

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The State of NH has issued a Collective Action Issue Brief #4: MARIJUANA USE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE Marijuana Issue Brief 2014 (2)

  • Marijuana is stronger and more hazardous today! It’s a green/brown mixture of dried shredded leaves, stems, seeds and flowers from the hemp plant. Most users roll loose marijuana into a cigarette called a “joint.” It can also be smoked in a water pipe “bong,” mixed in food and/or brewed as tea. Street names include: Weed, Aunt Mary, Boom, Chronic, Dope ganja, Gangster, Grass, Hash, Herb, Kif, Mary Jane, Pot, Reefer, and Sinsemilla.
  • Marijuana is mind-altering and affects your ability to learn. THC (the active ingredient) affects the nerve cells in the brain reducing motivation, ability to speak and to remember things.
  • Marijuana affects your self-control interfering with your life. Marijuana can seriously affect your sense of time, perception, and coordination, impacting things like driving, school, and work.
  • Marijuana can be addictive. It can also lead to the use of other drugs.
  • Marijuana affects your lungs. A single joint contains four times as much cancer-causing tar as a filtered cigarette. You can develop breathing problems like cigarette smokers: coughing, wheezing, colds and/or lung infections.
  • Marijuana is not always what it appears to be. Marijuana can be laced with other dangerous drugs without your knowledge (such as crack cocaine, or PCP).
  • Marijuana is illegal. Buying, selling or having small amounts can lead to an arrest.

If you know someone who smokes marijuana, urge him/her to stop or get help. If you’re smoking marijuana – stop! The longer you ignore the real facts, the more chances you take with your health and well-being.

Marijuana Facts for Teens:

Quick Facts–
  • Most teenagers do not use Marijuana
  • Marijuana is addictive. About 1 in 6 people who start using as a teen, and 25–50 percent of those who use it every day, become addicted to marijuana.
  • Marijuana and driving do not mix. It is the most common illegal drug found in drivers who die in accidents (around 14 percent of drivers), sometimes in combination with alcohol or other drugs.
  • Marijuana affects the brain—altering memory, judgment, and motor skills.
  • Among youth receiving substance abuse treatment, marijuana accounts for the largest percentage of admissions: 61 percent of those under 15, and 56 percent of those 15–19.

What is marijuana? Are there different kinds?
Marijuana is a green, brown, or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the hemp, or cannabis, plant. It goes by many different names—pot, herb, weed, grass—and stronger forms include sinsemilla (sin-seh-ME-yah), hashish (“hash” for short), and hash oil.

How does marijuana exert its effects?
All forms of marijuana are mind-altering (psychoactive). In other words, they change how the brain works. Marijuana contains more than 400 chemicals, including THC (delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol). Since THC is the main active chemical in marijuana, the amount of THC in marijuana determines its strength or potency and therefore its effects. The THC content of marijuana has been increasing since the 1980s.

What happens if you smoke marijuana?
Some people feel nothing at all when they smoke marijuana. Others may feel relaxed or high. Some experience sudden feelings of anxiety and paranoid thoughts (more likely with stronger varieties of marijuana). Regular use of marijuana has also been associated with depression, anxiety, and an amotivational syndrome, which means a loss of drive or ambition, even for previously rewarding activities. Marijuana also often makes users feel hungry. Its effects can be unpredictable, especially when other drugs are mixed with it.

In the short-term, marijuana can cause:
  • problems with learning and memory;
  • distorted perception (sights, sounds, time, touch);
  • diminished motor coordination; and
  • increased heart rate.
But marijuana affects each person differently according to:
  • biology (e.g., his or her genes);
  • marijuana’s strength or potency (how much THC it has);
  • the circumstances of its use and expectations of effects;
  • previous experience with the drug;
  • how it’s taken (smoked versus ingested); and
  • whether alcohol or other drugs are involved.
What are the activities/behaviors most likely to be affected?
  • Learning: Marijuana’s effects on attention and memory make it difficult not only to learn something new, but to do complex tasks that require focus and concentration or the stringing together of a lot of information sequentially.
  • Sports: Marijuana affects timing, movement, and coordination, which can throw off athletic performance.
  • Judgment: Marijuana, like most abused substances, can alter judgment and reduce inhibitions. This can lead to risky behaviors that can expose the user to sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

How does smoking marijuana affect the lungs?
Someone who smokes marijuana regularly may have many of the same respiratory problems that tobacco smokers do, such as daily cough, more frequent upper respiratory illnesses, and a greater risk of lung infections like pneumonia. As with tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke consists of a toxic mixture of gases and tiny particles, many of which are known to harm the lungs. 

Although we don’t yet know if marijuana causes lung cancer, many people who smoke marijuana also smoke cigarettes, which do cause cancer—and smoking marijuana can make it harder to quit tobacco use.

More Facts & Information on Marijuana

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)