The New Hampshire House of Representatives has voted to legalize marijuana with no regulations or limitations, marking a significant step forward in the Granite State’s cannabis policy. The historic vote on Thursday passed with a slim majority, opening up the possibility of the drug becoming available for recreational use without restrictions.
The resolution, which passed in a 193-140 vote, would permit adults aged 21 and over to possess, purchase, and use marijuana for recreational purposes. This comes after a similar bill was passed in the New Hampshire Senate in April, but with a stipulation that would limit the amount of marijuana an individual could possess and the locations in which it could be consumed.
The new bill, however, would allow for the unrestricted sale, possession, and use of marijuana, paving the way for businesses to open retail outlets and cultivate products without the imposition of any regulations. If the bill is signed into law, New Hampshire would become the first state in the nation to allow for the unrestricted sale and use of marijuana.
The passage of the bill marks a significant shift in New Hampshire’s cannabis policy, as the state has traditionally taken a hard line stance on the drug. The new bill is likely to face staunch opposition from groups such as the New Hampshire Medical Society, which has long opposed the legalization of marijuana.
Nevertheless, the House’s vote has been hailed as a victory by advocates of marijuana legalization, who have long argued that prohibition does more harm than good and that individuals should have the right to consume marijuana in the same way they consume alcohol.
The bill will now move to the desk of Governor Chris Sununu, who is expected to sign the legislation into law. If the bill is approved by the governor, New Hampshire would join the ranks of states such as Colorado and Washington that have legalized the unrestricted sale and use of marijuana.
The New Hampshire House of Representatives has taken a decisive step in favor of cannabis policy reform by passing an unprecedented resolution that would legalize marijuana with no regulations or limitations. The bill, which passed in a 193-140 vote, would permit adults aged 21 and over to possess, purchase, and use marijuana without restrictions, potentially making the Granite State the first in the nation to allow for the unrestricted sale and use of marijuana. The resolution has been met with both praise and criticism, but it is expected to be signed into law by Governor Chris Sununu, who has signaled his support for the measure. If passed, the bill would mark a monumental shift in New Hampshire’s cannabis policy, ushering in a new era of marijuana legalization in the state.