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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The New Hampshire House has already passed the legalization bill once this year in a 209-147 vote. Unfortunately, while the first vote on HB 481 was lopsided, it did not reach the two-thirds majority that would be needed to override a veto. We urgently need to continue gaining momentum, so it is very important that representatives hear from supporters before the next vote, which will take place this Thursday.
Supporters are working hard to convince representatives who remain undecided on HB 481. Americans for Prosperity will host a phone bank this evening, Tuesday, April 2, from 5-8 p.m. at their offices in Manchester (340 Granite St. First Floor) and Portsmouth (767 Islington St. Second Floor), and ACLU-NH will host a phone bank tomorrow evening, Wednesday, April 3, from 6-8 p.m. at their office in Concord (18 Low Avenue). Please help out if you are able!
If you haven't already done so, please take a few moments to find out how your representative(s) voted and send them a follow-up message.
You can read a summary of the bill here, as amended by the Ways and Means Committee and approved in a 14-6 vote. Please share this message with your family and friends!
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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As you may have heard, the marijuana legalization bill passed out of committee and now heads to a floor vote, which is expected this Monday.
Time is short, so please call your senator now.
We are hearing that the vote will be very close, and there is no guarantee that it will pass. By reaching out to your senator, you are helping pass marijuana legalization, and we can't do it without you.
Please help end marijuana prohibition and connect with your lawmaker today. Then, forward this email to your friends and family so they can take action, too. Together, we can make marijuana legal in New Jersey.
If you live in Kentucky, tell your state representatives it's time to stand up for patients and pass HB 136!
After weeks of delays, the Kentucky House Judiciary Committee has finally agreed to discuss and vote on the medical cannabis bill this afternoon! HB 136, sponsored by Republican Reps. Jason Nemes and Diane St. Onge, is expected to receive a vote sometime late this afternoon.
In order for this bill to pass, legislators will need to hear an outpouring of support from their constituents. After you write your elected officials, please share this message with your friends and family!
Have you voted yet? If not, look up your polling location and make a plan to get there before 7 p.m. when the polls close!
Voting is one of the most important tools we have to change marijuana laws. Sitting out an election is a great way to ensure that failed prohibitionist policies remain in place.
Today Missourians have an opportunity to vote on not one, but three different medical marijuana initiatives. MPP encourages voters to say “YES” on Amendment 2, because it will enshrine a sensible and compassionate medical marijuana program in the state constitution, making it harder for state politicians to undermine it later.
Today, be one of the millions of Americans voicing their support for humane and rational marijuana policies through the ballot box. Grab a few friends and get out there and VOTE!
Election Day is finally here. For many months, the YES on 3 team has worked tirelessly to educate North Dakotans about the benefits of ending the wasteful and destructive policy of marijuana prohibition.
Now, all that’s left is to go out and VOTE! Look up polling locations here and set a time to go.
By passing Measure 3, North Dakota could send a powerful message about the strength of the legalization movement in this country. It all comes down to today. Be part of this historic reform effort and vote YES on Measure 3!
We’re eagerly waiting for the results to start coming in. Tonight could represent incredible progress for our movement. Go be part of it and vote!
Election Day is finally here. With the help of hundreds of volunteers and thousands of supporters across the state, the YES on 1 campaign has done all it can to educate the voters of Michigan about the benefits that Proposal 1 will bring to the state.
Now, all that’s left is to go out and VOTE! Find your polling location and set a time to go there today. Polls close at 8:00 pm ET tonight.
Having trouble finding your polling location? Please email us and we would be happy to help.
Michigan is poised to become the 10th state in the country to officially end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition. Be part of this historic reform effort and vote YES on Prop 1!
This has been a long campaign, stretching back for two years. Now is when we bring it over the finish line. VOTE TODAY!
Over the years, our movement has made significant progress through the ballot box. This year will be no different. Be part of the wave of change today and go vote!
Voters are weighing in on adult-use legalization initiatives in Michigan and North Dakota and medical marijuana measures in Utah and Missouri. Some residents of Ohio and Wisconsin, too, have a chance to voice their support for local measures ending punitive marijuana policies. Go here for information about this year’s ballot questions.
Voters in states without marijuana-related ballot initiatives can play a huge role in changing marijuana laws, too.Visit MPP’s website to find out where candidates stand on marijuana policy in every gubernatorial race, along with in-depth state legislative voter guides for nine states. Roughly half the country lacks a ballot initiative process. The only way we can change marijuana laws in those states is to support thoughtful elected officials and oppose those who aren’t.
If you haven’t voted yet, make a plan right now. Look up your polling location and set a time to go. Spread the word on social media and urge your friends to vote, too!
There’s too much at stake to sit it out.
After you vote tomorrow, you are welcome to attend a marijuana legalization debate at New England College in Henniker!
Last week, New Hampshire’s study commission on marijuana legalization published its final report. The commission did not take a position on legalization, but it did make 54 recommendations to the legislature, including the following:
- Marijuana should be referred to as cannabis in any future legislation.
- If cannabis is legalized for adults’ use, limited home cultivation should be allowed.
- If cannabis is legalized, a Cannabis Commission should be created to license and regulate cannabis cultivators, testing labs, product manufacturers, and retail stores.
You can read the full report here. Overall, this is a much more useful report than we originally expected from the study commission, which was stacked with prohibitionists. Although it does contain some problematic language, the report will help to inform the legislature about the issue when it convenes in January.
We expect that your calendars are already marked for Election Day tomorrow. If you are available tomorrow evening after you vote, you’re welcome to join me and other panelists for a cannabis legalization debate at New England College.
WHAT: Debate: Should New Hampshire Legalize Cannabis?
WHERE: New England College, Simon Center Great Room, 98 Bridge Street, Henniker
WHEN: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
WHO: Six panelists including Richard Van Wickler, Superintendent of Cheshire County Department of Corrections, Kate Frey, vice-president of advocacy at New Futures, and MPP’s New England Political Director Matt Simon
Finally, please click here to learn where candidates on your ballot stand on marijuana policy! Then, please share this information with your family and friends and remind them to vote on November 6!