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New Hampshire Poll: Majority of Residents Support Cannabis Legalization Bill as Written

According to the University of New Hampshire’s Granite State Poll, the majority of state residents – 56 percent – would support the legislation to legalize possession of less than three-quarters of an ounce and allow adults to grow up to six cannabis plants in their home.

The survey found 37 percent of respondents would “strongly” support the measure while 18 percent said they would “somewhat” support it. Twenty-five percent indicated they would oppose the reforms, with 17 percent of respondents saying they would “strongly” oppose the changes, while 8 percent would “somewhat” oppose it. Another 7 percent indicated they were “neutral” and 13 percent didn’t know or were unsure.

The legalization plan, which does not include retail sales, garnered the most support among Democrats (61 percent) and independents (56 percent). A slight majority of Republicans (51 percent) would oppose such a measure.

Last year, the state legislature decriminalized possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce and the bill currently in the House Ways and Means Committee would completely legalize possession at those limits, along with 5 grams of “hashish” and the cultivation of up to six plants for adults 21-and-older. The legislation is due out of committee on Mar. 15.

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