For the first time in its history, the N.H. House of Representatives has advanced a cannabis legalization bill to the state Senate. HB 481 passed today in a 200-163 vote, after having received a favorable (14-6) recommendation last week from the Ways and Means Committee. The bill will soon be scheduled for a public hearing in the state Senate.
It is very important that New Hampshire’s 24 state senators hear from their constituents in support of HB 481. Please email your senator today! At the same time, you can find out how your representatives voted and follow up by sending them a quick email.
Since Gov. Chris Sununu is expected to veto the bill if it reaches his desk, it may be necessary for legislators to override his veto in order for HB 481 to become law. Please follow up with your state representatives and urge your state senator to support HB 481 by sending them a quick email today.
You can read a summary of the bill, as amended by the House, here.
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Today, the New Hampshire House voted 209-147 to pass HB 481, the bill that would legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis for adults' use. Next, the bill will be referred to the House Ways and Means Committee for further consideration of the proposed taxes and regulatory policies. HB 481 will receive a second House vote sometime in March, and if it passes the House a second time, it will proceed to the Senate.
Please take a few moments to find how your state representative(s) voted and send them a message to follow up. It's important that we thank representatives who voted in favor, and for those who did not, this is a critical opportunity to ask them why they voted no.
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