NH Cannabis Association’s “Cannabis Reform Voter’s Guide” for the NH Senate General Election
NH General Election — November 8, 2022
If you have been paying attention at all the last couple years, the NH Senate has proven time and again to be a significant hurdle in legalizing adult use cannabis in the Granite State. Fortunately, we have the ability to change the make up of the NH Senate in the upcoming General Election in a manner that could finally favor the passage of common sense cannabis reform.
As such, we have compiled the following information to inform NH voters on where all of the respective NH Senate candidates stand in regard to cannabis reform. Please use and share this information with others so that we can all make informed decisions about who we want to truly represent the will of Granite Staters when it comes to cannabis.
Due to recent redistricting, your state Senate district may have changed, so please be sure to check your district information and view a sample ballot on Ballotpedia by entering in your registered voting address.
NOTE: If you are new to the state, or have moved to a new district within the state, please reference these FAQs from Citizens Count to make sure you are ready to vote on September 13.
Color key for candidate’s expressed views or voting history on cannabis reform:
- Green = supports cannabis reform
- Orange = unknown or less supportive of cannabis reform
- Red = opposed to cannabis reform
DISCLAIMER: Due to election laws we do not officially endorse political candidates or incumbent legislators. This content should not be misconstrued as an official endorsement. The following information is for educational purposes only.
- Rep. Edith Tucker (D) — supports cannabis reform
- Carrie Gendreau (R) — views on cannabis reform unknown
Represents: Atkinson-Gilmanton Grant, Bath, Benton, Berlin, Bethlehem, Cambridge, Carroll, Clarksville, Colebrook, Columbia, Dalton, Dix’s Grant, Dixville, Dummer, Easton, Ellsworth, Errol, Erving’s Location, Franconia, Gorham, Haverhill, Jefferson, Kilkenny, Lancaster, Landaff, Lisbon, Littleton, Low & Burbank’s Grant, Lyman, Milan, Millsfield, Monroe, Northumberland, Odell, Piermont, Pittsburg, Randolph, Rumney, Second College Grant, Shelburne, Stark, Stewartstown, Stratford, Success, Sugar Hill, Warren, Wentworth’s Location, Whitefield and Woodstock.
- Former Rep. Kate Miller (D) — supports cannabis reform; undecided on home cultivation
- Tim Lang (R) – supports cannabis reform
Represents: Ashland, Belmont, Campton, Center Harbor, Gilford, Holderness, Laconia (Wards 1-6), Meredith, New Hampton, Sanbornton, Sandwich, and Thornton.
- Rep. William Marsh (D) — Challenger; supports cannabis reform
- Sen. Jeb Bradley (R) — Incumbent; does not support cannabis reform
Represents: Albany, Bartlett, Bean’s Grant, Bean’s Purchase, Brookfield, Chandler’s Pur., Chatham, Conway, Crawford’s Pur., Cutt’s Grant, Eaton, Effingham, Freedom, Green’s Grant, Hadley’s Purchase, Hale’s Location, Hart’s Location, Jackson, Lincoln, Livermore, Madison, Martin’s Location, Middleton, Milton, Moultonborough, Ossipee, Pinkham’s Grant, Sargent’s Purchase, Tamworth, Thompson & Mes’s Purchase, Tuftonboro, Wakefield, Waterville Valley, and Wolfeboro.
- Sen. David Watters (D) — Incumbent; supports cannabis reform
- Seamus Casey (R) — Challenger; supports cannabis reform
Represents: Barrington, Dover (Wards 1-6), Rollinsford, and Somersworth (Wards 1-5).
- Sen. Suzanne Prentiss (D) — Incumbent; supports cannabis reform, but undecided on home cultivation
- John McIntyre (R) — Challenger; views on cannabis reform unknown
Represents: Canaan, Cornish, Dorchester, Enfield, Grantham, Groton, Hanover, Lebanon (Wards 1-3), Lyme, New London, Orford, Plainfield., Plymouth, Springfield, and Wentworth.
- Ruth Larson (D) — Challenger; supports cannabis reform
- Sen. James Gray (R) — Incumbent; does not support cannabis reform
Represents: Alton, Farmington, Gilmanton, New Durham, and Rochester (Wards 1-6), and Strafford.
- Richard Lobban (D) — views on cannabis reform somewhat unclear
- Former Sen. Dan Innis (R) — supports cannabis reform
Represents: Alexandria, Andover, Boscawen, Bradford, Bridgewater, Bristol, Danbury, Franklin (Wards 1-3), Goshen, Grafton, Hebron, Henniker, Hill, Hillsborough, Newbury, Orange, Salisbury, Sutton, Tilton, Warner, Webster, and Wilmot.
- Former Rep. Charlene Marcotte Lovett (D) — Challenger; supports cannabis reform, but undecided on retail model and home cultivation
- Sen. Ruth Ward (R) — Incumbent; does not support cannabis reform
Represents: Acworth, Antrim, Bennigton, Charlestown, Claremont (Wards 1-3), Croydon, Deering, Dunbarton, Francestown, Gilsum, Langdon, Lempster, Marlow, Newport, Stoddard, Sunapee, Unity, Washington, Weare and Windsor.
- Matthew McLaughlin (D) — Challenger; supports cannabis reform
- Sen. Denise Ricciardi (R) — Incumbent; does not support cannabis reform
Represents: Bedford, Fitzwilliam, Greenfield, Hinsdale, Jaffrey, Lyndeborough, Mont Vernon, New Boston, Richmond, Sharon, Temple, Troy, and Winchester.
- Rep. Donovan Fenton (D) — supports cannabis reform
- Sly Karasinski (R) — does not support cannabis reform; appears to be unsupportive due to federal status of cannabis
Represents: Alstead, Chesterfield, Dublin, Hancock, Harrisville, Keene (Wards 1-5), Marlborough, Nelson, Peterborough, Roxbury, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Walpole, and Westmoreland.
- Former Sen. Shannon Chandley (D) — Challenger; does not support cannabis reform
- Sen. Gary Daniels (R) — Incumbent; does not support cannabis reform
Represents: Amherst, Merrimack, Milford, and Wilton.
- Former Sen. Melanie Levesque (D) — Challenger; supports cannabis reform
- Sen. Kevin Avard (R) — Incumbent; does not support cannabis reform
Represents: Brookline, Greenville, Hollis, Mason, Nashua (Wards 1, 2, 5), New Ipswich, and Rindge.
- Sen. Cindy Rosenwald (D) — Incumbent; supports cannabis reform
- Stephen Scaer (R) — Challenger; does not support cannabis reform
Represents: Nashua (Wards 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9).
- John Robinson (D) — Challenger; supports cannabis reform
- Sen. Sharon Carson (R) — Incumbent; does not support cannabis reform
Represents: Auburn, Hudson and Londonderry.
- Sen. Becky Whitley (D) — Incumbent; supports cannabis reform
- Linda Rae Banfill (R) – Challenger; views on cannabis reform unknown
Represents: Bow, Concord (Wards 1-10), and Hopkinton.
- June Trisciani (D) — views on cannabis reform unknown
- Former Rep. Keith Murphy (R) — supports cannabis reform
- NOTE: Rep Michael Yakubovich (R) won the primary, but has had to bow out of the general election due to personal reasons
Represents: Candia, Goffstown, Hooksett, Manchester (Ward 1), and Raymond.
- Christine Tappan (D) — supports cannabis reform
- Rep. Howard Pearl (R) — supports cannabis reform
Represents: Allenstown, Barnstead, Canterbury, Chichester, Deerfield, Epsom, Loudon, Northfield, Northwood, Nottingham, Pembroke, and Pittsfield.
- Sen. Donna Soucey (D) — Incumbent; does not support cannabis reform
- Former Rep. George Lambert (R) — Challenger; supports cannabis reform
Represents: Litchfield and Manchester (Wards 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).
District 19 (Uncontested)
- Sen Regina Birdsell (R) — Incumbent; running unopposed; does not support cannabis reform
Represents: Derry, Hampstead and Windham.
- Sen. Lou D’Allesandro (D) — Incumbent; does not support cannabis reform
- Richard Girard (R) — Challenger; does not support cannabis reform
Represents: Manchester (Wards 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 12).
District 21 (Uncontested)
- Sen. Rebecca Perkins Kwoka (D) — Incumbent; running unopposed; supports cannabis reform
Represents: Durham, Lee, Madbury, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, and Portsmouth (Wards 1-5).
- Wayne Haubner (D) — views on cannabis reform unknown
- Rep. Daryl Abbas (R) — supports cannabis reform
Represents: Atkinson, Pelham, Plaistow, and Salem.
- Brenda Oldak (D) — Challenger; supports cannabis reform
- Sen. Bill Gannon (R) — Incumbent; does not support cannabis reform
Represents: Brentwood, Chester, Danville, East Kingston, Epping, Fremont, Kensington, Kingston, Newton, Sandown, Seabrook, and South Hampton.
- Rep. Debra Altschiller (D) — supports cannabis reform
- Louis Gargiulo (R) — supports cannabis reform
Represents: Exeter, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, North Hampton, Rye, and Stratham.
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