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Hassan, Lamontagne Talk Law Enforcement At Forum

Jonathan Lynch

The New Hampshire Police Association hosted a town hall meeting for gubernatorial candidates Maggie Hassan and Ovide Lamontagne in Manchester Sunday.

Hassan and Lamontagne weighed in on the death penalty, decriminalization of marijuana, and right-to-work legislation at the law enforcement forum.

When asked to identify the largest threat to the state's public safety, Hassan identified prescription drug abuse as a key threat. Lamontagne expressed concern over cyber attacks:

"I think the number one threat to public safety in New Hampshire is cyber attacks...I'm not suggesting I have any inside information, but I know what I'm reading."

Both candidates say they support the legalization of medical marijuana, but wouldn't support state-wide decriminalization.

Hassan and Lamontagne both oppose the death penalty, but Lamontagne said he would make exceptions in cases where a police officer is murdered.