New Hampshire Liquor Commission proposes system for cannabis commerce
Lawmakers in New Hampshire, the only state in New England without a legalized adult cannabis market, are exploring the potential of a state-run cannabis model, with a special commission currently examining its viability. According to reporting from The New Hampshire Bulletin, the state’s Liquor Commission has proposed a unique franchise-based model for cannabis sales. In this model, the Liquor Commission would serve as the franchisor, overseeing product quality, marketing strategies, and store layouts of cannabis retail establishments, while individual entrepreneurs would handle the day-to-day operations and profitability of their stores. This concept was presented by the Chair of the New Hampshire Liquor Commission to the special commission assigned to study the prospects of a state-run cannabis industry.
This proposed model aims to cap the number of cannabis retail establishments at 65, equivalent to the current number of liquor outlets in the state, and implements similar restrictions at municipal levels. Municipalities would have the choice to host cannabis retail stores and, if they opt to do so, can partake in sharing 1 percent of the state’s total cannabis revenue with other cities and towns. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission is set to conclude its assessment shortly and provide recommendations for the special commission’s consideration.