New Hampshire legalization bill advances with major changes
The House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Liquor committee at New Hampshire’s statehouse took action this week and voted to make drastic changes to a bill that would legalize marijuana. According to reporting from Marijuana Moment, the Committee voted 17 in favor and 3 opposed to make a series of changes and pass the bill in its new form. The new draft does not allow for the home cultivation of cannabis, eliminates the Cannabis Advisory Board, and places the authority to regulate the industry with the state Liquor Commission. A new provision was added that would require independent testing labs to test cannabis prior to sale. The updated bill contains language that could be considered more palatable to a greater number of lawmakers and therefore have a greater chance of becoming law. This is not the first time that House lawmakers have put forward a cannabis legalization proposal. Marijuana legalization is a topic that routinely ends up meeting its demise in the Senate.