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New Hampshire Lawmakers Approve Amended Marijuana Legalization Bill After Weeks Of Committee Discussions

A New Hampshire legislative committee put its finishing touches on a revised bill to legalize marijuana and approved it on Wednesday.

Members of the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Liquor Subcommittee have been working the legislation for weeks over a series of meetings, going back and forth about a variety of provisions and making amendments to the original measure that was filed by bipartisan House leaders.

The full committee accepted final amendments on Wednesday and passed the bill in a 17-3 vote.

A major change to the legislation from its introduced form would put the state’s existing Liquor Commission in charge of regulating the marijuana market, rather than create a new independent commission to do so, as was proposed in the original version of HB 639. The body would also be renamed the Liquor and Cannabis Commission.

The panel also made a revision to add a mandate that marijuana testing be done by labs that are independent from companies that produce cannabis.

Advocates are disappointed that provisions allowing home grow and to annul prior cannabis convictions have been removed from the original bill, but it was viewed as a necessary compromise for the legislation to have a chance of being

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