New Hampshire Legislature will study marijuana legalization

Jun 03, 2017

BY: CCNH-LFDA Highlights

A marijuana decriminalization bill is headed to Gov. Sununu for his signature.  Is marijuana legalization next? 

On Thursday, June 1 the Senate voted to establish a study commission to look into legalizing marijuana in the Granite State. The House already passed the bill, but the Senate changed a few of the commission members and extended the timeline for the study.  If the House approves those changes, the commission will have until November 1, 2018 to recommend any legislation.

Supporters of marijuana legalization point out that both Maine and Massachusetts voted to legalize marijuana last November.  Meanwhile Colorado’s experience has proven that legalization can generate significant tax revenue.

Opponents of marijuana legalization argue that the state should not move to legalize any drugs when the state is in the middle of a drug addiction crisis. 

The specifics of marijuana legalization also generate debate.  How much power should towns and cities have over the location and operation of marijuana establishments?  What should the state require for labels on marijuana products?  Should marijuana tax revenue go to schools, property tax cuts, or substance abuse treatment?

Visit our issue page to learn more about marijuana legalization in New Hampshire, and share your opinion in the comments. 

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