Pot Bill Goes Up In Smoke in N.H. Senate

Pot Bill Goes Up In Smoke in N.H. Senate

The Senate met Thursday. Screenshot By PAULA TRACY, InDepthNH.org CONCORD – A bill that would have allowed adults to possess up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants at home was killed in the Senate 15 to 9 on Thursday. Voting against killing the bill were Senators David Watters, D-Dover, Sen. Suzanne Prentiss, D-West Lebanon, Jay Kahn, D-Keene, Harold French, R-Canterbury, Cindy Rosenwald, D-Nashua, Becky Whitley, D-Hopkinton, John Reagan, R-Deerfield, Rebecca Perkins Kwoka, D-Portsmouth, and Tom Sherman, D-Rye. House Bill 629 passed the House on a vote of 241-113 on Jan. 6. Similar efforts to legalize pot failed in the legislature in 2020 and 2019. New Hampshire is surrounded by Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts, and Canada where pot has been legalized but opponents of the bill said New Hampshire should stand strong in opposition and noted the federal government still has laws against it. The measure would have permitted cultivators to give pot to others in small amounts. It provided that smoking or vaping in public will be punishable by a $100 fine and it would be illegal for youths to possess. Sen. Jay Kahn, D-Keene, offered an amendment that would make possession of small quantities legal but still illegal for minors to possess. The amendment also had provisions for driving under the influence of cannabis. He said dispensaries are lining up along the state borders in the same way that New Hampshire has lined up liquor stores at the borders. “Drink up […]

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