New Hampshire lawmakers on Wednesday discussed a revised bill to legalize marijuana, with members sharing their perspectives on an amendment that they plan to take up for a vote next week.
The original legislation that’s sponsored by House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R) and Minority Leader Matt Wilhelm (D) was merged with concepts in a separate reform bill and stripped of provisions allowing home cultivation and annulling past cannabis convictions.
The revised version will go back before the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Liquor Subcommittee next week for a vote before potentially heading to the floor, the chair indicated.
This is the product of several work sessions held in recent weeks, including on Tuesday where members debated the merits of differing regulatory models and discussed what might represent a palatable compromise for the anti-legalization governor.
Rather than create an independent regulatory commission, the amended version would give that authority to the existing Liquor Commission, which would be renamed the Liquor and Cannabis Commission.
The panel also reviewed a change to add a mandate that testing be done by labs that are independent from companies that produce cannabis.
Advocates are disappointed that home grow and annulment provisions have
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