Concord, NH: Members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 170 to 162 in favor of legislation, House Bill 492, to legalize the personal use and/or cultivation of marijuana by persons 21 years of age or older and to establish regulations for the retail production and sale of cannabis.
The vote marks the first time that a state legislative chamber has ever voted in favor of legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana for adults.
Said NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri, "Fifty-eight percent of Americans support ending the prohibition of marijuana and the New Hampshire House lawmakers’ actions signal that politicians are beginning to acknowledge the will of their constituents."
House lawmakers last year rejected a similar measure by a vote of 239 to 112.
Members of the House Ways and Means Committee will now further debate the measure’s potential financial implications. The full House is anticipated to vote once again on the measure in the coming months.
Democrat Gov. Maggie Hassan has stated publicly that she opposes the measure and that she would veto it if it reaches her desk.
For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, or Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director, at (202) 483-5500.