Cannabis Legalization Getting Closer Than Ever in New Hampshire

HB 1648 has been elected to advance in the House of Representatives. It will be voted on in early February.

The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted on a bill Tuesday that would allow the legal possession and regulated cultivation of cannabis for adults aged 21 and up in New Hampshire. It passed with a majority of 13 votes to 7. A full House vote on HB 1648 is scheduled to occur on February 6. 

HB 1648 will permit adults 21 and over to have multiple forms and amounts of cannabis in their possession. These include: up to three-quarters of an ounce of cannabis, five grams of hashish, and up to 300 mg of cannabis-infused products (currently able to be reprimanded by a civil fine). HB 1648 can also allow the cultivation of up to six plants (including up to three mature ones) at home. The plants will be required to be in a protected location that is not able to be spotted from other properties.

New Hampshire’s Past on Cannabis Legalization

The House of Representatives passed a similar bill in 2019, HB 481. HB 481 would have legalized cannabis in New Hampshire. That bill ended up dying in the Senate. The Senate Judiciary Committee referred it for “interim study”. 

The University of New Hampshire Survey Center published polls in 2019 that found that 68% of New Hampshire citizens support permitting the legalization of cannabis. 

2/20/2020 Bill Update

After spending a month or so waiting in the wings of the House to be voted on, the bill was passed and adopted with amendment on February 19th of 2020.

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