New Hampshire House Voted to Legalize Marijuana

Vermont Senate Will Vote on Adult Use Marijuana Measure Wednesday

Vermont Senate Will Vote on Adult Use Marijuana Measure Wednesday

The House gave preliminary approval to a bill that would allow adults to possess up to 1 ounce (28 grams) of marijuana and to cultivate it in limited quantities.

InDepthNH.org's Roger Wood interviews Matt Simon, the head of the Marijuana Policy Project, about Tuesday morning's 207 to 139 vote by the NH House to legalize recreational use of marijuana in New Hampshire, and what happens next. Home cultivation of up to three mature and three immature plants would also be legalized.

House Speaker Gene Chandler, a Republican from Bartlett, said the bill will now go to the House Ways & Means Committee.

Patrick Abrami, R-Stratham, chairman of a commission appointed by the state Legislature previous year to study legalization, urged the House to allow the commission to complete its work.

Proponents say lawmakers should now work to pass legislation that would regulate the production and sale or marijuana.

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The New Hampshire House voted Tuesday in favor of a bill that would legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana and allow for home cultivation.

"It is better to know the territory before setting out for a hike", Welch said.

"It looks bad for the reputation of the Live Free or Die to be an island of prohibition surrounded by a sea of freedom", said Rep. Keith Ammon, R-New Boston. Undeterred by the committee's non-binding "recommendation" and led by a seemingly progressive member of the GOP, New Hampshire's House of Representatives have now passed HB 656.

Sununu signed a decriminalization bill into law past year, and has supported efforts to expand the number of conditions eligible for the state's medical marijuana law, but opposes legalization. Marijuana remains a Schedule I drug under federal law. Rep. Renny Cushing, a Hampton Democrat in favor of legalization, said legalization could complement the commission's work. In New Hampshire, Gov. Chris Sununu has said he opposes marijuana legalization. Both measures now await action by their respective state Senates, with a vote in Vermont expected for later today.

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