IDEAS ON TAP: Stoned in the Granite State: The Debate over Marijuana Legalization

Ideas on Tap is a series of "pint-sized conversations about big ideas." Join us for a discussion about marijuana and the historical context of its prohibition. How have attitudes towards marijuana changed over time? We’ll explore the current laws regarding marijuana usage in New Hampshire and the potential impact of legalization.

Cost is $15 per person and includes appetizers and one beverage (beer, wine, or non-alcoholic drink) in the relaxed atmosphere of Concord's Area 23 pub, which has generously provided full use of their space for this event.

New Hampshire Humanities is dedicated to providing spaces for people to engage with ideas and discuss difficult topics, and through our Ideas on Tap series we facilitate community conversations around ideas or questions that are timely and relevant to the lives of Granite Staters. Our September event, “Stoned in the Granite State: The Debate Over Marijuana Legalization” will be focused on providing a humanities perspective to this issue. We will discuss the cultural and historical context of marijuana and its prohibition. The panelists will help us examine the ways in which attitudes towards marijuana have changed over time, and explore the current laws regarding marijuana usage in New Hampshire and the potential impact of legalization. Our panel discussion will feature experts in the fields of history, sociology, and public policy. As in all of our work, we strive to provide a balanced and unbiased view. Our programs are intended to inform people about how the humanities can bring new or different perspectives into their lives, but we do not advocate for any particular position. We recognize that there are other conversations to be had about medical and public health perspectives on marijuana, but as a humanities organization we will stay focused on the historical, cultural, and philosophical aspects of this issue. 



Jeanne Hruska, Policy Director, NH ACLU  BIO
Michael Leese, Assistant Professor of History, UNH  BIO
Michael Staunton, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, UNH  BIO



Suggested reading and viewing:

"Marijuana Legalization Bill Put On Hold in NH Senate," NH Public Radio, May 2019
"The Truth About Marijuana," UNH Today, about the book co-authored by Ideas on Tap panelist Michael Staunton
"The Pitfalls of Weed Legalization," an informative video by The Atlantic briefly outlines the pros and cons of legalization

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