A key committee in New Hampshire’s House of Representatives has given approval to legislation that would legalize marijuana for those 21 and older.
House Bill 481 was passed last week by the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee in a 10 to 9 vote. The measure now moves towards a vote by the full House of Representatives. Passage in the House would send the bill to the Senate; passage in the Senate would send it to Governor Chris Sununu who would have the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without his signature or vetoing it.
Under the proposed law, those 21 and older would be allowed to possess up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use. They could also grow up to six marijuana plants (up to 12 per household).
In addition, the legislation would establish a licensed and regulated system of marijuana businesses. Anyone 21 and older – even those who live outside or New Hampshire – would be allowed to purchase from marijuana retail outlets. Marijuana would be taxed at $30 per ounce for dried bud. A cannabis control commission would be established to oversee regulations and licensing for the legal marijuana