New Hampshire House Defies Jeff Sessions, Passes Bill to Legalize Marijuana

CONCORD, N.H. (Jan. 9, 2018) –  Just days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed for a new federal crackdown on marijuana, the New Hampshire defied those plans by passing a marijuana legalization bill by a vote of 207 to 139.

Under the bill, which is expected to soon move to the state Senate, people over 21 years of age would be allowed to legally possess three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana and grow up to three mature cannabis plants at home. Retail sales locations would not be allowed.

The noncommercial approach is similar to a bill advancing in neighboring Vermont. There, the House passed a legalization measure on Thursday — the same day U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his new approach on federal prohibition. Vermont’s Senate, which previously passed similar legislation, is expected to give its final approval on Wednesday, and Gov. Phil Scott has pledged to sign legalization into law.

House Bill 656 (HB656) was introduced by a coalition of two Republican and two Libertarian state representatives last January. In February, the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety decided not to move forward with the bill, instead sending it to further committee meetings and …

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