A House bill to legalize small amounts of marijuana in New Hampshire was pushed into interim study Thursday, halting the momentum of legislation that two months ago seemed destined to pass.
In a 153-135 vote, representatives opted to send House Bill 656 back to the committee, effectively stopping its chances this legislative year. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Renny Cushing, R-Hampton, would legalize small amounts of marijuana and allow residents to grow the plant in their homes for personal use.
The bill would create a possession limit for those 21 and older of three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana and 5 grams of hashish – similar to the amount that was decriminalized in a bill signed by the governor last year. And it would allow consumers to grow up to six plants in their homes – though only three could be mature and flowering.
In voting to send the bill to interim study – a common tactic to immobilize legislation – the House went against its decision in January in favor of legalization: a 207-139 vote on the same bill.