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New Hampshire: House Passes Adult Use Marijuana Legalization Bill

Thursday, 07 March 2019

New Hampshire: Marijuana Legalization

Concord, NH: Members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted late last week in favor of legislation to legalize and regulate the adult use cannabis market.

Representatives voted by a margin of 209 to 147 in favor of the measure, House Bill 481. The proposal would legalize the possession and cultivate of personal use quantities of cannabis by adults, and establish a licensed system of commercial production and retail sales.

According to statewide polling, 74 percent of New Hampshire adults support regulating marijuana sales in a manner similar to alcohol.

In prior years, similar legislation has also received majority support from House members, but has stalled in the Senate. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has also expressed strong disapproval for the effort, stating that he will "absolutely" veto any legalization bill, "regardless of what the language looks like."

For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator, at (202) 483-5500, or visit NORML's Legislative Action Center.