Updated legalization bill receives enough votes to go ahead in NH
Recent changes made to the cannabis legalization proposal gaining momentum in the New Hampshire house has received enough votes to pass through the chamber. The New Hampshire House Ways and Means Committee made a number of changes to the cannabis legalization bill that the House passed in February. According to reporting from the New Hampshire Bulletin, the bill would remove all criminal and civil penalties for possessing, purchasing, gifting, or transporting up to four ounces of cannabis buds. The proposal would allow businesses to open cannabis dispensaries but those business would be required to pay a 12.5% wholesale tax to establish their inventory. The bill ultimately passed with 272 votes in support and 109 votes in opposition. The measure now moves onto the Senate where, if history is any guide, has little appetite for cannabis reform.