Legislation to legalize marijuana for those 21 and older has been passed overwhelmingly by the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
The Republican-led house voted yesterday 241 to 113 to pass a measure that would allow those 21 and older to possess, use and grow marijuana: Up to three-fourths an ounce and up to six plants (three which can be mature).
Unfortunately the measure, sponsored by Representative Carol McGuire, would not legalize licensed marijuana retail outlets, as is the case in all of the other 18 states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Still, the proposed law would remove both criminal and civil penalties for marijuana possession and cultivation, a major step in the right direction.
“It is not—and never has been—the job of government to try to protect you from hurting yourself,” Rep. Max Abramson (R) said prior to the vote. “And outside of the 1950s B horror movies, it has never been the job of government to protect you from a plant.”
Representative Mark Warden said: “This is truly a bipartisan issue with strong and wide support from Granite Staters. The war on cannabis is a war on people. Those people are our neighbors and our constituents.
The legislation now goes to the state’s Senate, where passage would send it to Governor Chris Sununu for final consideration.