Two New Hampshire lawmakers, one Republican and the other Democrat, share a common interest – legalizing marijuana.
House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R) and Minority Leader Matt Wilhelm (D) joined forces to file a bill to legalize adult-use cannabis for the 2023 session, reports Marijuana Moment.
The bipartisan measure would allow adults 21 and up to possess or give away up to 4 ounces of Cannabis and also clear records of past weed possession offenses. In addition, it taxes marijuana sales at 8.5%. The bill would set up a new market with state-approved retailers to sell pot, reports Benzinga.
Home Cultivation Included: Six Plants
The new legislation allows cultivation of up to six plants, including three of which may be mature, and possession of marijuana produced at home.
“The House has long stood united in finding a pathway to getting this done for Granite Staters,” Osborne said. “With any luck, the Senate will come around to supporting the will of the vast majority of New Hampshire citizens.”
New Hampshire’s Senate members have struck down two previously House-passed bills that would have legalized marijuana in April.
The new bill, not yet released, already has the backing of an interesting political coalition. Supporters include the leftist ACLU and the right-wing Americans for Prosperity.
Taxes Earmarked For State Pensions, Substance Abuse Prevention
The bill earmarks taxes collected from marijuana sales for state pensions and substance abuse prevention, reports New Hampshire NPR. Funds would also flow to law enforcement, and to towns that permit retail sales. Municipalities can opt out of allowing retail pot shops.
House Democratic Leader Wilhelm pointed to New Hampshire’s falling behind in the region when it comes to legalizing adult-use Cannabis. He said in addition to increased revenue, marijuana users in neighboring states “benefit from safer testing and regulation of the product.”
“Legalization of adult possession of small amounts of cannabis is the right thing to do for New Hampshire and we must get it done in 2023,” Wilhelm said.