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US (NH): Senators reject cannabis legalization bills in Committee, but floor votes still planned

A New Hampshire Senate committee has rejected two House-passed bills to legalize cannabis—as well as a measure to allow medical cannabis patients to grow their own plants—though they will still move to the floor despite the procedural defeat.

The House Republican sponsor of the legalization legislation, meanwhile, has signaled that he’s prepared to hold up unrelated Senate measures if the opposite chamber fails to enact the reform.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted against the legalization and regulation measure from House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R) and Minority Leader Matthew Wilhelm (D), deeming it “inexpedient to legislate” (ITL) in a 3-2 vote on Tuesday. The same fate awaited a non-commercial legalization bill and a proposal to permit home cultivation for cannabis patients.

The proposals were previously discussed at a hearing that the panel scheduled on the cannabis holiday 4/20 last month.

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