New Hampshire's Business News for March 28

A look at today's top business headlines including: new bill for heroin needle exchange, mild winter means loss for ski resorts, a look at Merrimack's new drone company, live theater coming to Steeplegate Mall and Toadstool Bookstore looking to move location


Senate Finance Committee to vote on Medicaid expansion The powerful Senate Finance Committee is preparing to offer a recommendation on a proposal to continue Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire. – N.H. PUBLIC RADIO

N.H. bill would change needle exchange  Under current law, hypodermic needles and syringes can be dispensed only by pharmacists, and possessing a syringe containing any amount of heroin or other controlled drug is a felony. – VALLEY NEWS

Opioid crisis: Few MDs on front line As the number of New Hampshire residents addicted to opioids has increased dramatically, the number of doctors qualified to offer what professionals call “medication-assisted treatment” is lacking. – N.H. UNION LEADER

Lots left to do as Legislature hits its halfway mark Halfway through the legislative session, members have already killed more than 450 bills. But dozens of other proposals to tackle substance abuse, reauthorize Medicaid expansion, regulate drones and deal with Real ID are still alive and moving on to the next legislative level. – CONCORD MONITOR

NHBR Featured Event: 2016 Legislative Crossover Reception The Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce offers passed hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar as they mingle with and meet their local state legislators while catching up on what is going on in Concord. Afterhours in Nashua

‘In-law apartments’ for strangers are becoming easier to build in N.H. Builder Paul Morin knows why New Hampshire recently passed a law dealing with the obscure-sounding topic of “accessory dwelling units.” – CONCORD MONITOR

Concord wants its voice heard in Northern Pass approval process The city filed a motion Friday to independently participate in the state proceeding, instead of working together with a group of other cities and towns to file motions and identify concerns. – CONCORD MONITOR

Mild winter spells losses for N.H. ski resorts The end of the ski season is leaving many ski areas in New Hampshire with big losses.  Mount Sunapee adds mountain bike trails - WMUR-TV

Opinion: Mt. Sunapee expansion decision must be rejected DRED’s proposed ‘compromise’ ignores the historical reasoning for public investment at Sunapee and all state parks. – N.H. BUSINESS REVIEW

NHDOT meeting on $2.8 million plan to improve Golf Links Road on Balsams site  The N.H. Department of Transportation will hold an informational meeting this afternoon at the Colebrook town hall to discuss the proposed $2.8 million project to improve Golf Links Road on the Balsams Resort property. – THE BERLIN DAILY SUN

For Hudson plastic supplier, acquisition offers opportunity for growth Plastic injection mold manufacturer Johnson Precision’s acquisition by Wisconsin-based MRPC will allow both to expand amid fast growth in the medical industry, company officials say. – N.H. UNION LEADER

The sky's the limit for Merrimack drone startup A former Apple executive and his son have set up shop in Merrimack with one of the few FAA commercial licenses to operate a drone business in New Hampshire, and that business is about to take off. --  N.H. UNION LEADER

As South Main Street construction starts again, business owners less stressed They will encourage customers to park in the Storrs Street garage. – CONCORD MONITOR

Live theater opening at Steeplegate Mall may be unique – a sign of desperation? When live theater opens in a former clothing store at Steeplegate Mall on April Fools’ Day (“no fooling!” insists the promotional material), it will vault Concord to the front of a national experiment.  – CONCORD MONITOR

Toadstool Bookstore weighs move to former McCue’s building downtown     A longtime Elm City bookstore is working toward a deal that could take it from the Colony Mill Marketplace to downtown.  – KEENE SENTINEL

NH liquor rule snags distillery It's against the law for Sea Hagg Distillery to use expired Smuttynose beer, that was going to be dumped down a drain, and make it into beer schnapps and whiskey.  – PORTSMOUTH HERALD

It’s a matter of product labeling A new forthcoming Vermont law requiring GMO labeling has some New Hampshire food producers scrambling to comply at significant expense, while others hail it as a step in the right direction. – N.H. UNION LEADER

Legal marijuana could be a $1.1 billion industry in Mass. by 2020 The state could become home to a $1.1 billion cannabis industry by 2020, according to a report. – BOSTON GLOBE

Movie about Market Basket walkout to premiere next month A documentary on one of the most remarkable work stoppages in U.S. labor history will hit the big screen.  – BOSTON HERALD

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