New Hampshire Senate Defeats House-Passed Marijuana Home Grow Legalization Bill

New Hampshire Senate Defeats House-Passed Marijuana Home Grow Legalization Bill
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The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday rejected a House-passed bill that would have legalized marijuana possession and home cultivation for adults without a sales component. The legislation from Rep. Carol McGuire (R) was defeated in a 9-15 vote after members discussed and rejected an amendment that would have removed the home grow option and added a per se THC limit for impaired driving. This action comes weeks after the bill advanced through the Senate Judiciary Committee with an ought to pass recommendation. While the House has on many occasions passed legalization measures, that marked the first time that a Senate panel had approved such a proposal. Rather than enact the policy change, however, the bill was soundly defeated on the floor. Members deemed it “inexpedient to legislate” in a follow-up vote, which means its formally killed for the session. Meanwhile, a Senate panel rejected a separate House-passed bill this month that would create a first-of-its-kind legal marijuana program involving sales through state-run stores. However, that measure will still come to the floor for consideration at some point under the legislature’s rules after having passed the House last month. Prior to the vote on the noncommercial legalization measure on Thursday, Sen. Becky Whitley (D) said that the “passage of this legislation is an appropriate and necessary step for us to take as the state.” New Hampshire has become an island” in the region with respect to cannabis policy,” she said.

“This bill will bring us somewhat more in line with our neighbors and with a more modern understanding of cannabis,” Whitley said, adding that the reform will “benefit our citizens and it will ease an unnecessary burden off of our law enforcement community.” “New Hampshire voters want us to make this change, and it has become the time to…

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