New Hampshire GOP And Democratic House Leaders Team Up On Marijuana Legalization Bill For 2023

New Hampshire GOP And Democratic House Leaders Team Up On Marijuana Legalization Bill For 2023
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The Democratic and Republican leaders of the New Hampshire House of Representatives announced on Monday that they will be  jointly filing a bill to legalize marijuana for the 2023 session—a bipartisan effort that’s backed by key advocacy and industry stakeholder groups. House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R) and Minority Leader Matt Wilhelm (D) are sponsoring the legalization bill, which would allow adults 21 and older to possess and gift up to four ounces of cannabis and grow up to six plants (three of which could be mature) for personal use. Republicans held on to the both the House and Senate after last month’s election, and the latter chamber is where marijuana reform has faced its toughest obstacles in past sessions. The Senate rejected two House-passed reform bills earlier this year, including one that would have create a non-commercial cannabis program and another providing for commerce under a state-run model. The legislature might still be under GOP control by similar margins next session, but the Senate did see some shifts that favor reform. For example, a Democratic senator who opposed legalization efforts was replaced by a Republican who voted in favor of ending prohibition during his time as a House member. Overall, advocates are encouraged by the developing dynamics and the fact that bipartisan House leadership is now collaborating on legalization, signaling that it is viewed as a priority that could help break the blockade in the Senate next year. “The New Hampshire Senate may appear to be an immovable object, but this bill has the potential to develop into an irresistible force,” Matt Simon, director of public and government relations at Prime Alternative Treatment Centers of New Hampshire, told Marijuana Moment on Monday. “I’m very encouraged to see House leaders uniting behind this thoughtful, comprehensive approach to cannabis policy.” —…

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