New Hampshire lawmakers have a new strategy to legalize marijuana in the state that involves putting a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot for voters to decide on in 2022. Reps. Joshua Adjutant (D), Renny Cushing (D) and Andrew Prout (R) each recently filed separate requests with the Office of Legislative Services to draft legislation to refer cannabis legalization questions to voters. It would take a supermajority 60 percent vote in both chambers to advance any of the measures. But while that may be a tall task in the GOP-controlled legislature, if they’re successful, it would enable lawmakers to avoid a likely veto on statutory reform legislation from anti-legalization Gov. Chris Sununu (R). Should legislators approve placing a constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis on the ballot, 67 percent of voters would then have to vote in favor of it to be enacted. Recent polling indicates that residents are ready for the reform, with three in four New Hampshirites favoring legalization.
Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 09/16/2021 13:53:00