New Hampshire Lawmakers File Multiple Marijuana Legalization Bills Ahead Of 2022 Session

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New Hampshire lawmakers are getting ready for a busy legislative session when it comes to marijuana policy, with several legalization proposals being unveiled in recent days—including one from a key Republican committee chairman and other leaders. At least six measures to legalize cannabis for adult use have been pre-filed for 2022 in the Granite State. Three of those seek to put the question of reform directly before voters on next year’s ballot. One of the more notable proposals that’s already received some pushback from advocates is being sponsored by Rep. Daryl Abbas (R), the chairman of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety who has opposed past marijuana reform bills but says he’d be open to the policy change if it’s done “correctly” in his view. That legislation, HB 1598, would allow adults 21 and older to purchase and possess up to four ounces of cannabis from licensed, state-run dispensaries that are regulated by the New Hampshire Liquor Commission. Home cultivation would continue to be criminalized—one of the chief complaints from activists. Another concern for advocates is the lack of social equity provisions like expunging prior cannabis convictions. In fact, having a state or federal felony conviction related to a controlled substance disqualifies people from working in the industry under the bill. It would be up to regulators to determine a tax rate for retail marijuana sales. After covering administrative costs, cannabis revenue would be earmarked for “evidence-based, voluntary programs for substance misuse-related education, prevention, treatment, and recovery.” It would also support public safety agencies. Gifting cannabis within the possession limit would also be permitted under the bill, which is being cosponsored by House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R). There would also be restrictions on public consumption and advertising. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,300 cannabis, psychedelics…

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