New Hampshire Senate President Says Chamber Unlikely to Approve Cannabis Legalization Bill

New Hampshire Senate President Jeb Bradley (R) said the chamber is unlikely to approve the adult-use legalization bill passed last week by the House, saying he thinks it’s unwise to pass the reforms “in the middle of a drug crisis.”

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In an interview with the Conway Daily Sun on Thursday, New Hampshire Senate President Jeb Bradley (R) predicted the chamber would not pass the cannabis legalization law approved by the House last week. The House has passed an adult-use cannabis legalization bill three times, but the reforms have never been approved by the Senate. 

“I have supported medical marijuana and decriminalization of three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana, I am not going to vote for recreational marijuana. I think when all is said and done, it’s not going to be enacted into law.” — Bradley to the Daily Sun 

Bradley added that “in the middle of a drug crisis,” he doesn’t “think it’s a good idea to legalize more drugs.” 

State Rep. Michael Costable (R) told the Daily Sun that while “the Senate has been a disappointment in the recent past” he was “optimistic that this time is different and the Senate will pass this on to the governor.”  

“I do believe pressure on the Senate and governor from constituents could help nudge them into accepting this excellent legalization bill,” he said in an interview with the Daily Sun. 

State Rep. Anita Burroughs (D) added that the “word on the street” is that Republican Gov. Chris Sununu – who has long opposed the reforms – would not veto the law but rather allow it to take effect without his signature.  

The Senate is expected to vote on the legislation next month. 

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