Jun 28, 2016 12:39 PM

Marchand backs legal weed, getting Addison off death row

CONCORD — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Marchand is calling for marijuana legalization and saying he'd consider commuting the death sentence of New Hampshire's only person on death row.

In the three-way Democratic primary, these positions set Marchand apart — and mark a major shift from the views of Democratic governors who've led New Hampshire for 18 of the past 20 years. Of the past three Democratic governors, none supported legalizing marijuana and only current Gov. Maggie Hassan has backed a death penalty repeal, but only if it doesn't change the death sentence of Michael Addison, who was convicted for killing a police officer.

He faces Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern and former state securities regulator Mark Connolly in the Sept. 13 primary.

Hassan is leaving the seat to run for U.S. Senate.

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