In the New Hampshire legislature, marijuana legalization bills have a way of dying in committee. Over the past several years, nearly every legislative initiative aimed at losing restrictions on cannabis or legalizing it outright has failed to muster enough committee votes to make it to the floor. But for those who thought 2019 was going to be more of the same, a historic vote Thursday is providing a glimmer of hope that this time, things could be different.
With a Narrow 10-9 Vote to Clear Committee, New Hampshire’s Newest Legalization Bill Will Go Before the Full House
Last year, a bill to legalize marijuana for adult use narrowly escaped the House, only to stall and eventually die in the Senate. Leading the opposition to the 2018 legalization bill in the House, the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee pushed to block any vote on legalization. The committee claimed to want further data on the financial impact of legalization. Despite a House voted against the committee’s move to block the bill, it subsequently failed to clear the Senate.
This time, however, the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee is behind the bill to legalize, tax and regulate cannabis. But just barely.