New Hampshire House Punts Cannabis Legalization Bill; Likely Dead for the Year

New Hampshire’s House approved a motion to refer its recreational cannabis legalization bill for interim study after a roll call vote to keep the bill alive was defeated 135-153. The vote effectively kills the bill for further consideration this year but leaves the door open for the House Ways and Means Committee to study the […]

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New Hampshire Poll: Majority of Residents Support Cannabis Legalization Bill as Written

According to the University of New Hampshire’s Granite State Poll, the majority of state residents – 56 percent – would support the legislation to legalize possession of less than three-quarters of an ounce and allow adults to grow up to six cannabis plants in their home. The survey found 37 percent of respondents would “strongly” […]

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New Hampshire House Approves Adult Use Measure, Refers Bill to Committee

Lawmakers in the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 207-139 on Tuesday for a bill that would legalize the possession, consumption, and home cultivation of cannabis for adults. Instead of moving immediately to the Senate for consideration, however, HB 656 has been referred by leadership to the House Ways & Means Committee for further review, according […]

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New Hampshire House Committee Rejects Adult-Use Cannabis Bill

The New Hampshire House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee has rejected a bill to legalize cannabis for adult-use, citing conflicts with federal law and public health consequences, the Concord Monitor reports. The bill failed to pass out of the committee 13-7, with member of both parties voting not to recommend the bill move to the […]

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New Hampshire Cannabis Decriminalization Bill Takes Effect

New Hampshire’s cannabis decriminalization bill took effect on Saturday, making the state the 22nd to eliminate criminal penalties for low-level possession, according to a Forbes report. New Hampshire was New England’s remaining holdout providing jail time for cannabis possession. The measure, which eliminates criminal penalties for possession up to three-quarters of an ounce until the […]

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New Hampshire Gov. Signs Cannabis Decriminalization Bill

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has signed legislation reducing penalties for possession of small amounts of cannabis, and with it effectively decriminalized low-level cannabis possession in New England. The measure makes possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce of flower and up to five grams of hashish by adults 18-and-older a violation rather than […]

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New Hampshire Gov. Likely to Sign Cannabis Decriminalization Bill

Cannabis decriminalization is headed to New Hampshire as a bill to do just that has passed the Assembly and is moving to the desk of Gov. Chris Sununu, who has publicly supported the plan and will likely sign the reform bill, the Concord Monitor reports. The measure will spell the end of criminal possession charges […]

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New Hampshire Decriminalization Bill Clears Senate, Moves Back to House

Cannabis decriminalization in New Hampshire has just two more hurdles after the Senate passed HB.640; however the measure must go back to the House after the Senate amended the measure to drop the cannabis possession limits from 1 ounce to three-quarters of an ounce. The bill would eliminate jail time for possession up to three-quarters […]

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New Hampshire Senate Committees Approve Decriminalization, MMJ Expansion

Bills that would decriminalize cannabis possession and add post-traumatic stress disorder to the medical cannabis qualifying condition list in New Hampshire passed through key committees in the Senate and will move to the chamber for a full vote, the Associated Press reports. The decriminalization legislation, approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, would remove criminal penalties […]

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New Hampshire MMJ Program Reaches 3K Patients, Certification Barriers Still Exist

New Hampshire’s medical cannabis registered patient counts have reached 3,000 one year after the state’s first dispensary opened, according to a Union-Leader report. However many potential patients are still having a difficult time finding providers who will certify them for the program. According to the state Department of Health and Human Services, 722 medical providers […]

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New Hampshire Lawmakers Consider Adding Connective Tissue Disorder to MMJ List

New Hampshire advocates are lobbying state lawmakers to pass a bill adding Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a painful connective tissue disorder, to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis access, according to a WMUR report. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome affects one in 5,000 people, leaving them in chronic pain and at constant risk of joint dislocation. Dr. Angela Shepard, […]

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Bill Removing Hemp from State Drug Schedule Pre-Filed in New Hampshire

A coalition of Republican lawmakers in New Hampshire has pre-filed a bill that would prohibit hemp’s designation as a controlled substance in the state, thereby legalizing full-scale commercial hemp farming and treating hemp just like any other agricultural crop. However, cultivators would still need to seek a federal permit if they wish to comply with federal […]

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Maine and Mass. Legalization Could Affect Possession Laws in New Hampshire

A New Hampshire Democratic state Representative called the adult-use cannabis legalization in Maine and Massachusetts — two of New Hampshire’s border states — a “game changer,” saying it could pressure the state legislature to at least consider decriminalization of cannabis possession, according to a Seacoast Online report. “There’s going to be a product that’s legally purchased and […]

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New Hampshire’s First MMJ Dispensary Opens in Plymouth

The first dispensary in New Hampshire has opened for business, after more than two years of delays and lawsuits. Last Friday, Plymouth-based Sanctuary ATC received their registration certificate and were operating just one day later. By 11 a.m on Saturday they already had about a dozen patients waiting for the doors to open. In all, […]

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New Hampshire Lawmakers to Consider Cannabis Decriminalization

New Hampshire lawmakers are expected to consider House Bill 1631 today, a bill that would decriminalize small amounts of cannabis throughout the state. Sponsored by Rep. Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket), the bill would reduce the penalties for the possession of up to half an ounce of cannabis from potential jail time to a $100 fine on first offense. […]

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Latest New Hampshire Poll: 62 Percent Support Legalization

The Granite State Poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, has found that 62% of New Hampshire residents support the legalization and regulation of adult cannabis use. Unfortunately, legislative efforts to legalize cannabis were recently shut down in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Results indicated that 41% were strongly in favor of legalization […]

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New England: The Next U.S. Region to Embrace Legalization

Though the west coast has had a lock on U.S. cannabis culture for some time, the tides are turning nationwide, and it’s due time for some representation from America’s birthplace. On the whole, New England is shaping up to be a promising locale for cannabis. Its growing medical marijuana industry includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, […]

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New Hampshire House Kills Cannabis Legalization Proposal

The New Hampshire House has voted against a bill that would have legalized the possession and cultivation of cannabis, as well as established a regulatory system for its commercial sale. The law, House Bill 1694, was one of three legalization proposals facing the House this session. The bill would have included a hefty excise tax of $530 […]

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New Hampshire Reps. Pre-File Cannabis Legalization Bill

A bill has been pre-filed in New Hampshire for the 2016 legislative session that would legalize the possession of marijuana for adults 21 years and older, according to a recent report by The Daily Chronic. Reps. Michael Sylvia (R-Belknap) and Robert Hull (R-Grafton) are the sponsors of House Bill 1610. The bill would allow adults to […]

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