March 13, 2018

N.H. House committee tries to Kill House Legalization Bill

March 13, 2018
Email your representatives today and urge them to overturn the recommendation of the Ways and Means Committee on HB 656!

N.H. House Committee tries to Thwart Legalization Hopes

The New Hampshire House Ways and Means Committee is attempting to abuse its power by recommending that the House kill the marijuana legalization bill. If the House agrees to the committee’s motion of “interim study” when HB 656 reaches the floor next week, the bill will be dead for the year. 

Please email your representatives right now and urge them to oppose this outrageous action by the committee.

As a reminder, the New Hampshire House has already voted 207-139 to pass HB 656. Instead of legalizing retail sales — which is something a study commission is considering — the bill as amended would simply allow adults to cultivate six plants, three of which could be mature. It would also legalize possession of three-quarters of an ounce or less, and marijuana in excess of that amount would be legal as long as it is stored along with the plants that produced it. You can read a summary of the bill here.

HB 656 should have gone directly to the Senate after it passed the House, but instead it was sent to the Ways and Means Committee, which only deals with issues related to revenue. Some legislators are trying to make this issue complicated, but HB 656 is actually very simple and there is no good reason not to move the bill forward. 

Please share this message with your friends, family, or any New Hampshire resident you know who supports legalization.

Matt Simon 
New England Political Director
Marijuana Policy Project


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