Marijuana commission releases long-awaited report

Nov 05, 2018

The Commission to Study the Legalization, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana released its report last week on recommended best practices should the state legalize marijuana. Read the commission report here.

According to the report, the state could collect up to $57.8 million a year by taxing the retail sale of marijuana. Among its 54 listed recommendations, the commission suggested:

NH is a holdout on legalizing marijuana

Jul 12, 2019
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As of July 2019, a total of ten states, as well as Washington D.C., have legalized marijuana for recreational use: 

  • Massachusetts
  • Maine
  • Vermont
  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Michigan

Most of those states allow both growing marijuana at home and selling it commercially. They usually limit the amount of weed you can grow and require licenses for commercial sales, which are taxed and regulated. 

Recreational marijuana bills back in 2018

Jan 08, 2018
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Last year the New Hampshire Legislature voted to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. This year the Legislature will consider several more bills related to the legal use of marijuana in the Granite State.

More details on decriminalization

HB 1477

Prime Sponsor: Rep. Renny Cushing

Should NH legalize recreational marijuana?

Jan 26, 2017

The Legislature released a text of a marijuana legalization bill this week. HB 656 legalizes and taxes marijuana cultivation and use for persons age twenty-one and older.

The bill outlines various regulations, from the ability of municipalities to control the location of marijuana establishments, to labels disclosing the THC in each serving of a marijuana product.

The bill also legalizes hemp.

Legalization unlikely, decriminalization has a chance

Nov 23, 2016

A few weeks ago both Maine and Massachusetts voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

New Hampshire is not likely to follow suit and legalize marijuana next year.  Governor-elect Chris Sununu opposes marijuana legalization, and according to our research on candidate issue positions, the legislature does not have the two-thirds majority to override his veto of a marijuana legalization bill.

Do you think citizens should be able to propose ballot initiatives in NH?

Nov 09, 2016

In addition to votes for president and other state and federal races, voters in several states weighed in on key policy issues that appeared on their ballot thanks not to legislative action but to citizen ballot initiatives. These include votes that legalized the use of recreational marijuana in New Hampshire neighbors Maine and Massachusetts, as well as measures that tightened gun control rules and raised the minimum wage in other states.

Currently, the NH constitution does not allow for citizens to vote directly on policy issues.


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