Marijuana decriminalization faces key vote in NH Senate

The battle to decriminalize marijuana in New Hampshire faces a key test this Thursday when the state Senate is expected to vote on a bill that overwhelmingly passed the N.H. House earlier this year.

While the bill has a better chance of passing than previous decriminalization efforts, passage is not a slam dunk. In fact, the bill as originally proposed is unlikely to pass the Senate, let alone be signed by Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. Last Tuesday, Sen. Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, offered alternative language for the bill when it was discussed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. His amendment was voted down 4 to 1.

However, one of the committee members who voted against the measure, Sen. David Pierce, D-Lebanon, is working with Bradley to craft language that he hopes will be acceptable to a majority of the senate.

“Given the very wide margin in the House, the Senate is on notice

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