New Hampshire’s House of Representatives will vote soon on a proposal to legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for recreational use for those 21 and older. House Bill 492 has been scheduled for a vote on January 8th.
Under the proposed law, the the cultivation of up to 6 cannabis plants will be legalized, as will the possession of up to an ounce. In addition, state-licensed retail outlets will be authorized to distribute cannabis. The proposal is heavily influenced by Amendment 64, which Colorado voters approved in 2012.
“By legalizing, regulating and taxing (cannabis), society would in effect be taking the profit away from illegal operations which truly harm society,” says State Representative Steve Vaillancourt, a Republican supporter of the measure. Vaillancourt notes that taxing cannabis would produce millions of dollars in revenue for the state.
The proposal would take effect on July 1st, if approved into law.