The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted Tuesday morning in favor of legislation to legalize recreational marijuana.
The vote came after a floor flight over a House committee’s recommendation that lawmakers kill the bill.
House Speaker Gene Chandler, a Republican from Bartlett, said the bill will now go to the House Ways & Means Committee.
The House voted 162 to 183 against killing the bill. It then voted 207 to 139 to pass an amended version of a legalization bill. The amended bill would permit adults to possess up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana, 5 grams of hashish, and certain marijuana-infused products. Adults could also cultivate up to six pot plants at home.
Advocates, like Rep. Frank Sapareto of Derry, said the “war on pot” should be over. Others cited New Hampshire’s “Live Free Or Die” motto, with the Granite State possibly being “an island of prohibition” whereas neighboring states have legalized pot for adults.
Rep. David Welch, a Kingston Republican who is chairman of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, urged for the defeat based on a commission’s ongoing study of possible legalization, taxation, and regulation of marijuana. The commission reports back to the legislature by Nov. 1. [Read at at New Hampshire Public Radio]