New Hampshire’s Marijuana Legalization Bill Has House Hearing Today

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When it comes to marijuana policy, New Hampshire legislators continue to comb through a slew of what-if scenarios.

The review, and debate, comes on a couple of fronts:

  • The House Ways and Means Committee holds a public hearing today on a bill to legalize recreational pot – which the full House endorsed last month. Though only a preliminary step, advocates hailed it as something of a watershed moment.
  • Meanwhile, a commission charged with studying marijuana legalization heard Monday from Paul Morrissette, a businessman who advocates for legislation that he says would position the Granite State and identify where cannabis can be grown legally.

If, that is, the state ever legalizes marijuana.

“Even if your against cannabis legalization you can and should support where it would be commercially grown if it ever becomes legal in New Hampshire,” Morrissette said. “It is simply common sense, wisdom, and prudence to protect New Hampshire farmers’ interest.”

The commission, which is studying impacts of regulation and taxation, will file its report by November.

The bill before the public hearing today would permit an adult to possess up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants. [Read more at New Hampshire Public Radio]


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