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The "Libertarian" Party of New Hampshire

The following resolution was adopted by the LPD State Board in reference to the recently endorsed statewide candidates of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire:

On HB305: Cannabis Legalization

Public Comments from the Chair on HB305 before the Delaware House Health & Human Development Committee:
Good Afternoon.  My name is Will McVay, and I'm the State Chair of the Libertarian Party of Delaware.

I first want to thank the Committee Members for their swift consideration of this revised bill.
Efforts have been made over the course of at least the last three sessions of the General Assembly including this one to pass legislation to legalize cannabis.  Every day this important legislation is delayed is another day that non violent individuals especially in disadvantaged communities continue to be persecuted for cannabis possession and use.  Prior legislation claiming to "decriminalize" cannabis has done nothing of the sort as arrests and illegal markets continue and proliferate.

The broader War on Drugs and in particular the prohibition of cannabis has been a failure from the start, and few issues constitute such a crucial nexus where so many societal problems can be resolved or at least improved by correcting one mistake.

The Libertarian Party of Delaware has supported an end to cannabis prohibition since our inception.  We believe that all people have the right to self ownership and bodily autonomy, and that any harm caused by cannabis use is limited to the individual freely choosing to use it.  For this reason alone cannabis should not be prohibited by law.  The financial cost of cannabis prohibition is a drain on taxpayer resources instead of a boon to economic growth in our state.  The impact on Delaware communities, particularly communities already struggling against historical challenges, of arrests, incarceration, and fines is more actively harmful than cannabis itself.  The impact on our constitutionally guaranteed civil rights, again disproportionately suffered by historically disadvantaged communities, whether it's the abuse of protections against unreasonable search and seizure or the confiscation of property without due process through civil asset forfeiture, cannot be dismissed.

Members of this committee have raise the issue of safety and the damaging effects of cannabis use.  It cannot be overemphasized that any harms caused by cannabis use are dwarfed by the damaging effects of cannabis prohibition.  Cannabis is being used anyway.  Any safety issues or damaging effects are endemic even under prohibition.  By ending the criminal and "civil" penalties for cannabis, the harms that exist can be addressed more effectively without stigma and the negative externalities associated not with cannabis itself, but with the illegal market for it, will be greatly curtailed.  Delaware Public Health is worried about the higher cost of medicinal licenses will divert investment to the casual use market, LOWER the fees for medicinal, don't raise them for anyone.

Please endorse this bill with your full support and please pass this legislation quickly.  Time is of the essence and the injustice is real and ongoing.

Thank you.

On SB172: "Constitutional Carry" in Delaware

Comments from the Chair on SB172 before the Delaware Senate Judiciary Committee:

My name is Will McVay, State Chair for the Libertarian Party of Delaware.

I'm here today to speak in favor of SB172. The Libertarian Party of Delaware supports every individual's right to self defense while also recognizing that many people do not wish to openly carry firearms or other weapons in public due to the stigma attached and out of respect for the intimidation others may feel knowing they are armed. Widespread concealed carry of weapons provides an additional deterrent to criminals who cannot know if their intended victim might be armed vs open carry.

The requirements in Delaware Law for the concealed carry of so-called deadly weapons present an obstacle to widespread concealed carry and the penalties for failing to meet those requirements are steep.

I myself was arrested and charged with a felony several years ago for allegedly carrying a concealed deadly weapon due to an extensible police baton that had rolled under the seat of my car, which i kept due to my job at the time delivering food for Wings To Go in Newark following several robberies of my coworkers. The charge was dismissed, but not everyone is as privileged as I am and instead suffer much more dire consequences for exercising their right to self defense.

Please release this bill with a favorable recommendation and pass it into law.

Thank you.