New Hampshire

Chris Sununu (R)

New Hampshire

Took Office 2017
Term Expires 2020
NORML Grade: D+

2019 Enacted Legislation

Governor Sununu signed House Bill 350 into law, which permits physicians’ assistants to make medical cannabis recommendations. He also signed House Bill 399 into law, which allows those with low-level marijuana convictions to petition the court for an annulment. (Link)(Link)

2019 Vetoed Legislation

Governor Sununu vetoed legislation that sought to eliminate a mandatory three-month waiting period for patients seeking medical cannabis recommendations. Lawmakers ultimately overrode his veto. (Link)

He also vetoed legislation, House Bill 364, which sought to allow patients registered in the state’s medical cannabis access program the option to home-cultivate up to three cannabis plants. In his veto message, the Governor opined that allowing patients to grow their own medical cannabis would “make the job of law enforcement significantly more difficult,” and also suggested that it might reduce the number of patients soliciting the state’s dispensaries. (Link)

The Governor also vetoed Senate Bill 145, which sought to allow dispensaries to operate as ‘for profit’ entities rather than as non-profits, stating, "[T]his bill would represent too great a step toward a dangerous path of industrial commercialization of the marijuana industry in New Hampshire." (Link)


Governor Sununu in 2019 repeatedly expressed strong opposition to any legislative proposals that sought to legalize adult-use marijuana, making it clear that he would "absolutely" veto any legislation that made it to his desk.
"Now is not the time for the recreational legalization of cannabis in New Hampshire.” (Link)

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