New Hampshire House Lawmakers Table Cannabis Legalization Bill

New Hampshire’s latest effort to legalize adult-use cannabis is likely dead for the year after House lawmakers voted on Thursday, the last day of the legislative session, to table the legalization proposal.

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Despite recent signs that New Hampshire lawmakers were close to a deal on legalizing adult-use cannabis, lawmakers in the New Hampshire House of Representatives on Thursday voted to table the proposal, according to a WMUR9 report. House lawmakers voted narrowly to table the legalization bill despite initial appearances earlier this week that the Legislature was close to reaching a deal on the reforms.

The now-tabled proposal, House Bill 1633, would have made the possession of cannabis by adults aged 21+ legal and established government-run dispensaries throughout the state — the state-run dispensary model had been requested by Republican Gov. Sununu, who opposes cannabis legalization but previously said he would sign such a bill if it created state-run retailers.

The House and Senate had each individually passed their own legalization proposals this year but neither bill was able to reach the governor’s desk. The proposal was likely the last chance New Hampshire had at legalizing cannabis this year.

New Hampshire is bordered by three states with cannabis legalization laws in place and polling suggests that a strong majority of voters would support adult-use cannabis reforms in the Granite State.


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