Concord, N.H. – The New Hampshire Residence of Representatives voted (259-120) to override Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of HB 364, a bill that would let individuals and caregivers who are registered with the state’s therapeutic cannabis system to cultivate their personal cannabis. Below present law, residence cultivation is classified as a felony.
A final vote is anticipated on Thursday in the Senate, which passed HB 364 on May possibly two in a 14-10 vote. Two added Senate votes (16-eight) will be required to attain the expected two-thirds majority to override the governor’s veto and pass the bill into law.
HB 364, sponsored by Rep. Renny Cushing (D-Hampton) and Sen. John Reagan (R-Deerfield), would let individuals and caregivers to possess 3 mature cannabis plants, 3 immature plants, and twelve seedlings. Caregivers would be restricted to increasing for one particular patient, and the plants would have to be kept in an enclosed, locked facility.
House cultivation of cannabis is at present legal for individuals, caregivers, and adults 21 and older in all 3 neighboring states. Whilst the influence of this bill would be restricted to registered individuals and caregivers, two consecutive polls carried out by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center have identified that 68% of Granite Staters assistance legalizing cannabis for non-health-related use.
Statement from MPP New England Political Director Matt Simon:
“It’s encouraging to see the Residence vote so strongly in favor of HB 364. This bill is crucial for individuals who are effectively working with cannabis to remain off opioids, but are unable to afford the higher-priced solutions that are offered from dispensaries. Sadly, 10 senators voted against HB 364 earlier this year, placing the preferences of a handful of police chiefs ahead of the requires of individuals and their households. Residents of the ‘Live Cost-free or Die’ State overwhelmingly assistance cannabis policy reforms, so it is clear that any senator who opposes this uncomplicated step forward is extremely out of touch with their constituents. Individuals, caregivers, and their advocates will be watching the Senate vote closely and hoping that frequent sense and compassion will ultimately prevail.”
The Marijuana Policy Project is the nation’s biggest cannabis policy organization. It has been a top advocate for federal cannabis policy reform considering the fact that its founding in 1995, and it has played a top function in most key state-level reforms that have occurred more than the previous two decades.