US (NH): Lawmakers approve amended state-run cannabis legalization bill

A New Hampshire House committee approved an amended version of a bill to create a state-run cannabis market for adult consumers, sending it to the full House for a second floor vote.

The House Ways & Means Committee met for the third time in the span of a week on Monday to discuss the proposal and gave it a “do pass” recommendation in a 12-10 vote. There was a fourth meeting to discuss the measure scheduled for this Wednesday, when a vote was initially expected, but members decided to go ahead and take action sooner instead.

This legislation already cleared the chamber this month, but because it involved economic components, it needed to go to the Ways & Means Committee before it could be taken back up on the floor. If the chamber passes it again as amended, it will be transmitted to the Senate.

While advocates have spent years pushing for an end to cannabis criminalization and a regulated market for adult consumers, the idea of a first-in-the-nation, government-run cannabis market has left many stakeholders with reservations.

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