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New Hampshire House Committee Rejects Pot Legalization

The committee vote mostly fell along party lines, with Republicans opposed and Democrats in favor of legalization

New Hampshire Magazine

New Hampshire seems intent upon remaining the backwater of New England, at least when it comes to Cannabis legalization. Yeah, they may fancy themselves the “Live Free Or Die State.” But folks in the Granite State won’t be getting legally stoned anytime soon. The state has become what the Marijuana Policy Project has called “an island” of prohibition.

The New Hampshire House Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday rejected proposals Wednesday that would legalize and tax marijuana. The proposals would allow adults 21 and older to cultivate up to six plants per household.

GOP Opposed; Democrats In Favor

The votes mostly fell along party lines, with Republicans opposed and Democrats in favor.

“There is a version of recreational cannabis I will support,” claimed Committee Chairman Darryl Abbas. (Reality check: Abbas, a Republican of Salem, will almost certainly never support legalization in any form.) “But I don’t support a sales tax on anything and I’m not going to support a sales tax on this,” he grandstanded.

“I understand there might be some more proposals coming. Yet this is the best bill to have come before the House,” remarked Rep. Casey Conley, a Dover Democrat, before the vote.

Only State In New England To Reject Legalization

Lawmakers have debated Cannabis policy for years at the State House in Concord, reports NHPR.

New Hampshire is the only state in northern New England to have rejected marijuana legalization for adult use.

Bills to permit the sale of recreational marijuana have cleared the New Hampshire House several times. So have bills which include adult cultivation of marijuana for personal use.

But they have never found passed in the conservative New Hampshire Senate. That’s where marijuana opponents, prominently including law enforcement and the “corrections industry,” have focused their “lobbying efforts” and campaign cash.n

No New Hampshire governor in history has ever supported the legal adult use of Cannabis for non-medical purposes, according to NHPR.

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