New Hampshire House passes marijuana legalization bill

On the very first day of this year's Legislature, the Vermont House gave approval for legalization of small amounts of marijuana in a vote of 81 to 63 last week.

The House voted 183-151 in favor of the bill, which would be paid for via a voluntary contribution from employees equal to half a percent of their wages.

Opponents said the program amounts to an income tax and is unsustainable. Dick Sears, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, says he supports the House bill.

A broader legalization bill, which included commercial cultivation and retail sales, was voted down in a New Hampshire House committee last November. Adults could also cultivate up to six pot plants at home. We look forward to continuing to examine this issue through the study commission which will produce a thorough report on outcomes from other states that have legalized and commercialized marijuana.

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

Rep. Renny Cushing, D-Hampton, chief proponent of the legislation, still holds out hope.

The passage marks a rebuke of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who on Thursday made it easier for prosecutors to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have opted for legalization of the substance. Vermont is in line to become the ninth state this year.

NORML's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable. In New Hampshire, Gov. Chris Sununu has said he opposes marijuana legalization.

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