New Hampshire lawmakers are getting ready for a busy legislative session when it comes to marijuana policy, with several legalization proposals being unveiled in recent days—including one from a key Republican committee chairman and other leaders. At least six measures to legalize cannabis for adult use have been pre-filed for 2022 in the Granite State. Three of those seeking to put the question of reform directly before voters on next year’s ballot. One of the more notable proposals that’s already received some pushback from advocates is being sponsored by Rep. Daryl Abbas (R), the chairman of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety who has opposed past marijuana reform bills but says he’d be open to the policy change if it’s done “correctly” in his view. That legislation, HB 1598, would allow adults 21 and older to purchase and possess up to four ounces of cannabis from state-run dispensaries operated by the New Hampshire Liquor Commission. Home cultivation would continue to be criminalized—one of the chief complaints from activists. Another concern for advocates is the lack of social equity provisions like expunging prior cannabis convictions. In fact, having a state or federal felony conviction related to a controlled substance disqualifies people from working in the industry under the bill. Gifting cannabis within the possession limit would be permitted under the bill, which is being co-sponsored by House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R). There would also be restrictions on public consumption and advertising.
Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 12/28/2021 08:39:00