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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Yesterday, the New Hampshire Ways and Means Committee voted 14-6 to pass HB 481, the bill that would legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis for adults' use. This committee has rejected legalization bills in previous years, so it's particularly noteworthy that it has now been convinced to support of ending prohibition. Next week, the bill will be voted on again by the full House before it proceeds to the Senate.
Please take a few moments to find out how your state representative(s) voted and send them a message to follow up. It's very 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.
Before voting to approve the bill, the committee passed an amendment that changes the tax rates and revenue allocations. The tax rate being proposed is 5 percent at the cultivation level and 9 percent at the retail level. You can read an updated summary of the bill here, and you can read NHPR's coverage of the story here.
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