New Hampshire Lawmakers Discuss Amended Marijuana Legalization Bill In Committee

New Hampshire Lawmakers Discuss Amended Marijuana Legalization Bill In Committee
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New Hampshire lawmakers on Wednesday discussed a revised bill to legalize marijuana, with members sharing their perspectives on an amendment that they plan to take up for a vote next week. The original legislation that’s sponsored by House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R) and Minority Leader Matt Wilhelm (D) was merged with concepts in a separate reform bill and stripped of provisions allowing home cultivation and annulling past cannabis convictions. The revised version will go back before the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Liquor Subcommittee next week for a vote before potentially heading to the floor, the chair indicated. This is the product of several work sessions held in recent weeks, including on Tuesday where members debated the merits of differing regulatory models and discussed what might represent a palatable compromise for the anti-legalization governor. Rather than create an independent regulatory commission, the amended version would give that authority to the existing Liquor Commission, which would be renamed the Liquor and Cannabis Commission.

The panel also reviewed a change to add a mandate that testing be done by labs that are independent from companies that produce cannabis. Advocates are disappointed that home grow and annulment provisions have been removed, but it was viewed as necessary for the legislation to have a chance of being enacted this session. There is a separate home grow bill that’s also being considered by a different House committee, but its prospects are unclear at this stage of the session. Chairman John Hunt (R) said at the Wednesday hearing that he’s interested in exploring additional changes to the legalization bill that’s advancing, including amendments to shift most or all of the tax burden to the cultivation level, rather than at the point of sale by consumers. He said that “in a perfect world,” that…

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