New Hampshire Governor Won’t Sign Marijuana Legalization Bill

The measure, HB 1633, was introduced at the beginning of the year

New Hampshire’s Republican Gov. Chris Sununu will not sign into law a bill to legalize recreational that was passed last week by the state House of Representatives, according to media reports. The House passed the bill for a required second time on Thursday, just over a week after the measure’s original approval.

The measure, HB 1633, was introduced at the beginning of the year by Republican state Rep. Erica Layon. The bill was approved in the House on April 11 by a vote of 239-136. Under New Hampshire state law, legislation with financial elements must be passed twice. The first time the marijuana legalization measure was up for a vote in February, the chamber advanced the bill by a vote of 239-14.

If passed by the state Senate and signed into law by Republican Governor Chris Sununu, the bill would legalize marijuana for adults aged 21 and older, who would be permitted to possess up to four ounces of weed. The measure also legalizes the commercial cannabis production and sales under a tightly regulated model overseen by the New Hampshire Liquor Commission. The bill only allows for 15 retail cannabis dispensaries to operate statewide to serve a population of nearly 1.4 million people.

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