N.H. marijuana legalization bill clears House Criminal Justice committee
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An effort to legalize marijuana in New Hampshire racked up its first legislative victory of 2019, passing the House Criminal Justice committee Thursday in a narrow 10-9 vote.
House Bill 481, sponsored by Hampton Rep. Renny Cushing, would legalize the use and personal growth of marijuana for those 21 and older, and would create a tax and regulation structure to allow retail sales in New Hampshire.
The bill could pull in as much as $31 million a year in tax revenue, according to a rough estimate by the Department of Revenue Administration. But supporters have largely framed the effort as criminal justice reform, pointing to fines and misdemeanor offenses that they say burden low-income people and minorities.