Last month, a limited legalization bill was passed in New Hampshire, allowing adults to possess up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana. The bill also permitted the cultivation of up to six marijuana plants, three of which could be mature. It would be legal to possess an amount of marijuana in excess of the allotted three quarters so long as it was stored with the plant that produced it. This bill, passed in a 207-139 vote, overturned the decision of a House committee that had recommended against its passage last November. The bill had since been amended and subsequently passed. A commission is still weighing the possibility of legalizing retail sales of the substance. The University of New Hampshire published four consecutive polls that showed at least 60% of state residents were in favor of legalization. Continue reading →
Today, the New Hampshire’s House of Representatives will vote on a Bill that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. House Bill 492 proposes to legalize one ounce of marijuana for people 21 and older.
Proponents of the Bill say it would unravel regulations put in place during the prohibition era, and align New Hampshire with other states which have enacted similar laws, most recently Colorado. Supporters of the Bill further believe that the new proposed law would help generate millions of dollars in revenue for New Hampshire. Other aspects of the Bill propose regulating and taxing the marijuana at a rate of $30 per ounce, and allows individuals to grow up to six plants in a controlled environment.
Opponents of the bill say it will be difficult to regulate, flies in the face of federal regulations, will not bring in the anticipated revenue to the State, and will lead to increased criminal activity in the State. Moreover, they argue that marijuana use is simply bad for people’s health.