New Hampshire Senate hears plenty from opponents of pot bill
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Opponents of a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in New Hampshire came out in force to a Senate committee hearing Tuesday, arguing it would result in more impaired drivers and lead users to try harder drugs in a state already struggling with an opioid crisis.
The hearing follows this month’s House vote to pass a bill that would legalize marijuana possession up to 1 ounce (28 grams). Adults would be allowed to grow up to six plants, and a commission would be set up to license and regulate an industry supporters said could produce $33 million per year. But even if the bill passes the Senate by a wide margin, overriding a veto requires a two-thirds majority in both chambers, and absent a major shift in momentum, the support isn’t there in the House.