A deeper take on stories and newsmakers from around the Granite State by our friends at InDepthNH.org.
Dying labor activist Linda Horan should be allowed to buy legal medical marijuana in Maine now because she may not live long enough to benefit from New Hampshire’s dispensaries since they are still months away from opening, her lawyer, Paul Twomey, argued Thursday. READ MORE
Linda Horan of Alstead, who is suffering from Stage 4 lung cancer, filed a pre-registration application to participate in New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program after receiving approval from all five of her physicians. She wants to receive a medical marijuana ID card that will allow her to obtain medical marijuana legally in Maine and protect her from arrest and prosecution in New Hampshire. READ MORE
During her 20 years with the State Police, retired Trooper Carrie Nolet said she was subjected to sexual harassment and gender bias in a “good-old-boy” culture that so severely intimidated her and other women that she still suffers from anxiety and depression two years after retiring in 2013. READ MORE
There is also no way of knowing how many police officers have been wrongly placed on Laurie lists because of human error or internal police politics; how many qualified police officers have been silenced by being falsely designated a Laurie officer; how many drummed out of law enforcement because someone in power just didn’t like them. There is no way to answer those and many more questions because of the secrecy surrounding Laurie issues in New Hampshire, unlike a handful of states where police discipline is considered public information. READ MORE
Edwin W. Kelly, administrative judge of the New Hampshire Circuit Courts, disagrees with ACLU-NH findings that there is a “systemic problem” with people being jailed because they can’t afford to pay court fines. READ MORE
A year-long investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union-NH found New Hampshire commonly jails people for failing to pay fines when they are too poor to pay them. It’s a practice that cost taxpayers about $166,870 in 2013, according to the ACLU report released Wednesday. READ MORE