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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We will need two-thirds majorities to override his veto — email your newly elected state legislators today!
On Friday, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu went on the offensive against efforts to legalize and regulate cannabis. He pledged to veto any legalization bill that reaches his desk, and he publicly asked the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery to join him in making “a strong stand” against reform efforts in the legislature. Gov. Sununu reportedly acknowledged that “there’s a good chance that veto could get overruled.”
He may be right — the gains made in the November election made it possible that we could achieve two-thirds majorities in both the House and Senate. However, it won’t happen unless we convince undecided representatives and senators to vote in favor.
Please email your newly elected state representative(s) and senator today and encourage them to support the upcoming bill to legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis.
Maddeningly, Gov. Sununu also announced that he is partnering with a well-known prohibitionist, Kevin Sabet, to oppose our efforts. “Kevin Sabet is engaging with us very aggressively,” Sununu reportedly said. “He’s very excited, he’s raised a lot of money nationally. He’s ready to make a strong stand here in New Hampshire. I think that could be a great use to us.”
After you email your state legislators, please call Gov. Sununu and express your frustration with his actions. You can also share your opinion in a tweet to @GovChrisSununu.
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LD 1719 creates the rules for licensing and regulating marijuana producers, processors, and retail establishments and sets the tax rates for adult-use marijuana. The bill does not implement the portion of the voter-approved initiative that calls for social consumption lounges.
While the bill was by no means perfect, we are glad that the state is moving forward with implementation, and soon there will be a legal way for adults to purchase marijuana.
We are disappointed that social clubs were removed from the law and that adults may now only cultivate three plants at home instead of six. We will be working with the next legislature and governor to improve upon the work the legislature has accomplished. To that end, we have sent a survey to the candidates running for governor, asking if they will make implementation a priority once elected. Stay tuned for the results of the survey before the June primary election.