N.H. gov­er­nor ex­pected to sign bill de­crim­i­nal­iz­ing mar­i­juana

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — An­drew Blake

New Hamp­shire is slated to de­crim­i­nal­ize mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion within a mat­ter of months af­ter the state House ap­proved leg­is­la­tion Thurs­day re­duc­ing penal­ties for in­di­vid­u­als caught with small amounts of pot.

The state House passed the de­crim­i­nal­iza­tion mea­sure by a voice vote Thurs­day sans de­bate, send­ing the bill to Gov. Chris Su­nunu’s desk to be signed into law. Mr. Su­nunu, a Repub­li­can, said ear­lier this month that he plans to ap­prove the mea­sure.

New Hamp­shire is al­ready one of 29 states in the na­tion where doc­tors can rec­om­mend mar­i­juana to pa­tients di­ag­nosed with cer­tain med­i­cal con­di­tions. Another eight states and the na­tion’s cap­i­tal have le­gal­ized the recre­ational use of mar­i­juana, notwith­stand­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s pro­hi­bi­tion on pot.

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