A bill to legalize the use, cultivation, and donation of cannabis in New Hampshire approved by the State House of Representatives by a vote of 236 to 112. The bill must now go to the Senate before becoming law.
Bill HB 1648 does not propose to legalize the commercial production or sale of cannabis. As originally proposed in Vermont, adults 21 years of age and older would be allowed to grow six plants, three of which are in bloom, and to legally give up to three-quarters of an ounce (21 grams) of cannabis to other adults.
Cannabis use in public would remain prohibited and would be punishable by a fine of up to $100.
This is something that the people of the state of New Hampshire want. They don’t want to be treated like criminals if they have a plant. Said Renny Cushing, chair of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.
In 2018, New Hampshire had already voted to fully legalize cannabis. The Senate, however, had rejected the bill, which had stopped there.
Earlier this month, the New Hampshire Senate approved the home cultivation of medical cannabis, which is still waiting for the governor’s go.
A recent poll indicated that 76% of Vermont residents supported allowing adults to buy cannabis “from small, regulated, taxable businesses.