The Monadnock Center for History and Culture in Peterborough will host a Community Conversations program to examine the issue of cannabis legalization in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. The program is free and all are welcome.

The three states that surround New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont, have each legalized and taxed cannabis for recreational use. New Hampshire allows medical marijuana manufacturing, but is it inevitable that recreational use comes next? The state decriminalized marijuana in 2017, but the bill put forward to legalize recreational use failed to pass in 2018. A legislative committee is currently studying the issue and expects a new bill to be put up for vote in 2019. But how will New Hampshire craft legislation that will satisfy all sides of the issue?

The discussion will feature a panel of “conversation sparkers” and then the floor is open to comments, questions and conversation. The panel for the evening includes Dan Stockwell of Americans for Safe Access; Jane Skantze of Monadnock Voices for Prevention; The Hon. Dr. Joe Hannon, former NH state representative and member of the NH Commission to Study the Legalization, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana; and Kate Frey of New Futures. Karen Hatcher will serve as moderator.

Community Conversations is a bi-monthly series of discussions that explore many issues that affect our communities. A partnership between the Monadnock Center for History and Culture and the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, each Conversation features local experts talking about challenges faced by our communities.

This program will be held in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St., in Peterborough. For additional information or directions, visit MonadnockCenter.org or call 924-3235.