Hardy Macia, Libertarian Activist, Releases Viral Video Calling for Legal Growing of Medical Marijuana

Found on the Libertarian Party blog

Hardy Macia, long-time Libertarian Party activist and 2012 candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s second district, released a video on May 8 pleading with Gov. Maggie Hassan to support the legality of growing medical marijuana at home, a provision removed from a bill passed in March that allows the use of marijuana for medical purposes in New Hampshire.

The video is a heartbreaking personal message from Macia, who was diagnosed last August with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and says he probably only has weeks left to live. Medical marijuana is one of the few things that make the life he has left bearable.

“To get to sleep at night, sometimes it’s the only thing that helps put me out, versus some of the harsh drugs that they give me, like the oxycodone or vicodin,” Macia said in the video.

The Concord Patch reported that H.B. 573-FN, the medical marijuana bill recently approved by the New Hampshire legislature, had the allowance for home-grown plants removed in order to gain the approval of Gov. Hassan — who had herself supported that provision when she served as a legislator. In his video, Macia attributes the change in her position to pressure from the state’s law enforcement agencies.

“Think about the patients,” Macia said. “Think about the people. Ignore the police unions. You really need to do this for the people in your state, and for the sick and dying. Leave it up to patients, and the doctors, and leave the law enforcement out of it.”

Macia’s video has attracted widespread attention, appearing in several local editions of the Patch and on the front page of the Huffington Post.

For decades, the Libertarian Party has called for the repeal of laws restricting the use of drugs for medical and personal purposes. The LP platform states, “We favor the repeal of all laws creating ‘crimes’ without victims, such as the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes.”

Libertarian Party officials and staff send their best wishes to Macia in his struggle against a debilitating disease and against authoritarian government regulations.


16 thoughts on “Hardy Macia, Libertarian Activist, Releases Viral Video Calling for Legal Growing of Medical Marijuana

  1. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Hardy has been a Facebook friend, and although I don’t know him well, I’m very sorry to hear that he is so ill.

    I wish him comfort and peace as he fights his illness.

  2. Alan Pyeatt

    It’s just amazing to me that any politician could vote against medical marijuana and EVER be re-elected.

    Contrary to WAR and Ann Coulter, I think this is where the LP could maximize its return on effort.

  3. Brian Holtz

    Hardy was a true gentleman when I worked with him on the Platform Committee. I’m heartbroken to hear about his condition.

    Marijuana and gay marriage should be two of the LP’s very top issues.

  4. Mark Axinn

    Hardy has been an important advocate for freedom for many years.

    I am very sorry to see how ill he is and pray that he has peace and comfort in the upcoming days.

  5. Shane

    Hardy is and always has been a happy warrior for liberty. He brings positive direction to everything he focuses on.

    Thanks for the video, Hardy. You have such a larger challenge upon you and words cannot express the gratitude I have for your efforts.

  6. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Judging by the year he graduated from high school, he’s only around 43 years old. What a terrible, unfair shame.

  7. George Whitfield

    I met Hardy Macia at the National Conventions in Portland and Denver and have kept up with him by Facebook and a few emails through the years. He impressed me with his quiet and positive approach, his resourcefulness in his business, and his continual activism for liberty. He now continues to impress me with his courage and purposeful action. I will pray for you Hardy.

  8. Starchild

    Hang in there, Hardy! I’m glad your video is getting some of the attention it deserves, and thank you for not forgetting the cause of freedom and how other people are being oppressed, even at this difficult time of your life. It is barbaric that marijuana is criminalized. I’m sure the energy of not only the many Libertarians who know and have worked with you, but people in other pro-freedom groups like the National Youth Rights Association, is going out to give you strength.

  9. paulie

    Sorry to hear about Hardy. He’s going out fighting, and that’s the best way to live. I wish he could stick around with us longer. The marijuana laws are a travesty, and while change is taking far too long it is finally picking up pace.

  10. CFroh

    We at the Johnson for President campaign will always remember Hardy’s importance as the techie who arranged the online townhalls, the veteran politico who gave the ideas and tech solutions for many of the fundraising projects, who directed NH for the campaign, & who helped with all the GJ campus rallies, fundraisers & other events in all the New England states. Hardy was a pro who mentored state directors across the country. And he’s fighting ill-health and a weak governor right now – god bless you Hardy, and your lovely family.

  11. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    I found this just now on Facebook. Hardy posts:

    “Heidi Bruce Macia needs all the loving she can get from the world right now. I know she can pull her way through even though she doesn’t think she can. Find can way your ways out the woods right now. Embrace the positive – I’ve been saving karma for years so it’s time to release some of it to help you hun.

    You need to keep on working at it one step at a time to pull yourself out though. It’s like getting stuck in a snow ravine at Jay Peak, Smuggler’s Notch, Stowe, or Sugarbush…You have a snowboard on your feet that you can’t reach to get off because the snow is so heavy you don’t think you can go on, but you CAN!. You have a mile to hike to get out of a ravine – (add in some extra darkness coming on) – there’s one way out and that’s to keep moving forward and do hill until gravity or others can get to you hand help you on your way. (I know you’ll be but I don’t snowboard – but it’s battle and process that needs to be overcome and you can overcome it at the very least to meet me for a Uncommon Man Ski Lift this winter after I do something foolish like get better then find some fresh power in the woods this summer.

    Anyway, any thoughts, prayers, showing up to the hospital for Heidi today and tomorrow will help her and us get through this. Hang in there and we’ll get you the support you need to get you well over the next couple days and then you can come and get well with me after that.”

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