Defeat of the failed war on marijuana — long opposed by the Libertarian Party — took another giant step forward on Jan. 15 when the New Hampshire House became the first legislative body in the United States to vote in favor of legalization of cannabis.
The bill, H.B. 492, would decriminalize possession of one ounce of marijuana by adults and would allow residents to grow up to six plants. It passed in the House by a vote of 170-162 after heated debate.
Although Democratic governor Maggie Hassan has threatened to veto the bill, the House will vote on it again in February or March, after which it will move to the Senate for a vote.
Sixty percent of New Hampshire residents support the bill while only 36 percent oppose it. Medical marijuana is already legal in the state, with restrictions.