Concord — The three state senators representing the Upper Valley in Concord are split over whether New Hampshire should legalize marijuana, signaling uncertainty over the fate of a bill making its way through the Legislature.
State representatives voted, 207-139, on Tuesday to legalize possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana and allow people over 21 years of age to cultivate up to three cannabis plants in their homes.
But it’s unclear how the bill will do in the Senate. Republicans are beginning to line up against the legislation as Democrats project optimism about its chances of passing.
“I actually think it might pass. I know there are Republicans who are in favor of it,” state Sen. Martha Hennessey, D-Hanover, said on Wednesday.
However, the Senate’s leadership isn’t so sure and has said the bill might fail.
Hennessey, who admitted her projection might be “a little overly optimistic,” is openly in favor of the bill.
Passage is long overdue, she said, and would alleviate problems in both the criminal justice and medical systems.
The region’s two Republican senators