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Lawmakers who bought and smoked pot not arrested on drug charges

The use of marijuana by members of all walks of society has been increasingly revealed as the movement to legalize recreational use continues apace throughout the nation. New Hampshire investigators have decided not to arrest four state legislators on drug charges despite what appears to be evidence that they purchased and used pot. They are implicated in purchasing marijuana from a fifth person who has since been arrested on unrelated drug offenses and on a charge of luring a minor for sex.

That fifth person is a 30-year-old male who was also a state legislator who resigned in March after his arrest on unrelated drug charges. He has apparently gone so far as to smoke pot in the Statehouse in the presence of one other state representative. One of the state legislators, who reportedly admitted to multiple purchases of pot from the former member, said that he needed it to treat chronic pain. 

That individual has since obtained a medical marijuana card in order to use it legally for pain control. Two women representatives were reportedly among the four who were implicated in smoking marijuana and/or purchasing it from the former "In-House" dealer. Two of the four are up for re-election and their constituents will make the final decision on their possible transgressions. The other two representatives are not seeking re-election.

The consensus among several sources is reportedly that the voters will decide on whether the two seeking re-election are deserving of the privilege of public service. The Attorney General of New Hampshire earlier decided that there was not enough evidence to arrest the four representatives on drug charges. He also declined to prosecute the drug seller on similar thinking, according to reports. There was ample evidence, according to the Attorney General, to arrest and prosecute the man on drug dealing and sex offenses. However, many state residents who are at this moment being prosecuted as criminal offenders for marijuana possession are not amused with what appears to be favoritism toward the four elected officials.

Source: newstimes.com, "Prosecutor: Legislators bought marijuana from then-colleague", Holly Ramer, Sept. 30, 2016

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