New Hampshire’s House of Representatives has voted 170 to 162 in favor of a proposal to legalize recreational cannabis. Under the proposed law, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis will be legal for all adults 21 and older, and state-licensed distribution systems would be authorized.
Given uncertainty over the proposal’s tax provision, the Housed agreed to send the measure – House Bill 492 – back to the House Tax Committee in order to work out specifics. Once this is finished, it will go up for one more House vote, before being sent to the Senate, where its fate is uncertain.
‘‘House members made history today and they are clearly on the right side of it,’’ said Matt Simon, Political Director of New Hampshire’s Marijuana Policy Project.
The proposal, if passed into law, would make New Hampshire the 3rd state in the U.S. to legalize recreational cannabis.