Three bipartisan cannabis bills have been presented to the New Hampshire legislature ahead of adult-use pot legalization. The new pieces of legislation are anticipated to open the door to more reform measures as the state moves closer toward legalizing the use of cannabis for recreational purposes.
While Gov. Chris Sununu openly opposes legalization and has promised to veto any legislation, leading lawmakers have expressed their readiness to act against any resistance.
Democratic speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives Steve Shurtleff said that his chamber and the Senate likely have the necessary amount of support to override the governor’s veto if it happens.
So now that the legislative session for 2019 is underway, there are already signs that cannabis reform will be a major part of the agenda for this year.
The three cannabis bills
The new proposals were all introduced by Rep. Renny Cushing. One of these bills would allow people with convictions for possession of cannabis under three quarters of an ounce to have their criminal records cleared if the crime or act took place before September 2017. This was when New Hampshire’s decriminalization policy took effect.
The other bill would add opioid misuse and opioid addiction to the list of conditions that would qualify a patient for medical cannabis.
The third bill would give qualified medical cannabis patients and caregivers the right to cultivate cannabis plants for personal use. Currently, medical cannabis can only be acquired from dispensaries.