New Hampshire coalition pushes for bipartisan cannabis bill
New Hampshire stands out in New England as the only state without a system that allows adults to legally purchase, possess, or grow cannabis. A coalition has come together to propose legislation in 2023 to finally legalize marijuana for adults in New Hampshire. According to reporting from The Keene Sentinel, the coalition includes the New Hampshire American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), Americans for Prosperity, the New Hampshire Cannabis Association, and Prime Alternative Treatment Centers. The proposal includes key provisions such as a low tax rate of 8.5% and the ability for private companies to participate in the industry.
In the last legislative session the New Hampshire House supported cannabis legalization efforts that ultimately did not pass the Senate. This coalition is hopeful that elected officials will work together in a bipartisan fashion to create a system that works best for the citizens of New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Cannabis Association recently announced that Timothy Egan, a former Representative and Chair of the House Democratic Cannabis Caucus, has taken a position as Chair of the Board of Advisors. The announcement says that Egan will also help the organization engage with pro cannabis legislators, plan and execute cannabis events, and media outreach.