New Hampshire’s Senate majority leader is strongly signaling that a House-passed marijuana legalization bill will be defeated on the floor this week after a key committee voted against it on Tuesday. And reported plans to file an amendment to legalize cannabis through a state-run model that the governor’s office allegedly advised on (but has since denied) do not seem to be materializing.
Advocates were disappointed by Senate Judiciary Committee’s party-line vote in opposition to the comprehensive legalization measure from bipartisan House leaders. But that didn’t formally kill the legislation, which will still be taken up on the floor on Thursday.
Senate Majority Leader Sharon Carson (R), who chairs the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement following her panel’s vote that New Hampshire is “grappling with the devastating impact of the drug crisis on individuals, families, and communities.”
“While I recognize the diverse opinions surrounding the legalization of recreational drugs, now is not the right time for such a measure,” she said.
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