New Hampshire

Tue
09
Apr

New Hampshire House passes cannabis legalization Bill

Lawmakers in the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill last Thursday that would legalize the recreational use and sale of marijuana. Representatives voted to pass the measure, House Bill 481, by a margin of 200-163 after being approved by the Ways and Means Committee in late March.

Fri
29
Mar

New Hampshire House Committee approves marijuana legalization Bill

A New Hampshire House of Representatives committee approved a bill on Wednesday that would legalize the use of cannabis by adults. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 14-6 to recommend passage of the measure, House Bill 481. The full House voted 209-147 on February 27 to approve the bill but referred it back to the committee for further consideration of the tax and regulatory structure. The House must approve the measure again before an April 4 deadline to be considered in the state Senate.

Tue
12
Mar

New Hampshire House passes Bill to allow home-grown medical cannabis

The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would allow medical marijuana patients to grow cannabis at home. Currently, the more than 7,000 registered medical marijuana patients in New Hampshire must travel to one of four dispensaries in the state to obtain their medicine. Under provisions of the measure, House Bill 364, which was passed by representatives on Thursday, patients or caregivers would be allowed to grow up to three mature cannabis plants, three immature plants, and 12 seedlings.

Mon
25
Feb

Marijuana Legalization Bill headed to New Hampshire House Floor

In the New Hampshire legislature, marijuana legalization bills have a way of dying in committee. Over the past several years, nearly every legislative initiative aimed at losing restrictions on cannabis or legalizing it outright has failed to muster enough committee votes to make it to the floor. But for those who thought 2019 was going to be more of the same, a historic vote Thursday is providing a glimmer of hope that this time, things could be different.

Tue
29
Jan

New Hampshire considering more qualifying conditions for medical marijuana

New Hampshire lawmakers are considering a bill that would add new qualifying conditions to the state’s medical marijuana program. The measure, House Bill 461, was introduced in the New Hampshire House of Representatives by Rep. Wendy Thomas.

Tue
25
Sep

NH industry worries customers will go to Mass. to buy marijuana

With Massachusetts' first recreational marijuana dispensaries poised to open in a matter of weeks, some in New Hampshire's medical pot industry worry that patients will begin heading across the border for their medicine.

The number of qualified medical marijuana users has increased steadily - from 2,089 in April of 2016, when the first Granite State dispensary opened, to 4,753 at the end of 2017 - but access to the drug has remained a concern.

The New Hampshire Legislature expanded the program by adding chronic pain and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to the list of conditions for which doctors can recommend marijuana and it passed legislation last session that will allow two more dispensaries to open in parts of the state that advocates say are underserved.

Fri
03
Aug

Marijuana Matters: What are neighboring states doing about legalization?

Vermont's limited marijuana legalization law went into effect last month. How are neighboring state's like New Hampshire and New York dealing with the pot legalization question.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday appointed a group of state government, law enforcement, and academic officials to draft legislation for regulating recreational marijuana. It comes three weeks after state health officials issued a report that concluded that the benefits of legalizing pot outweigh the risks.

"Because of my concerns, I would say I'm against it right now, but I certainly am going to listen to all the debates and talk about it," said Senator Betty Little, R-Queensbury.

Tue
10
Jul

Recreational cannabis petition comes to new Hampshire, and early polls look promising

Support for cannabis legalization is starting to grow in New Hampshire. After the legalization movement stalled earlier this year, Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn (D) has introduced a petition he hopes will put cannabis on the state's November ballot, writes Calvin Hughes.

Thu
28
Jun

Neighboring states have loosened their pot laws, but marijuana is still illegal in NH

It’s the summer of weed for neighboring states that have legalized recreational marijuana. The road to New Hampshire, though, remains one big “pot” hole. Pot is still illegal here.

It’s a point underscored in an interview with Tuftonborough Police Chief Andrew Shagoury, president of the N.H. Association of Chiefs of Police.

He is anticipating an increase in marijuana-related hospital visits, youth pot smoking, and impaired driving in the Granite State. "It's going to spill over our borders," he says. (Scroll down for more on N.H. law, and the state's study of legalization.) So what's legal in neighoring states? Here's a snapshot.

Wed
09
May

New Hampshire bill to legalize home-grown cannabis stalled in senate

With lawmakers unable to see eye to eye on personal cultivation, we see a New Hampshire bill to legalize home-grown cannabis stalled in Senate.

A New Hampshire bill to legalize home-grown cannabis has been stalled in Senate discussions on Monday, and it’s likely the bill won’t make it to the floor again this legislative session. One step away from outright killing the bill, state lawmakers approved a motion to at least continue studying the issue. Debates on the Senate floor Monday, however, illustrate the confusion and divisiveness surrounding the question of whether to allow medical marijuana patients in New Hampshire to grow their own medicine.

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