Our coalition has been hard at work crafting legislation for 2023 and recruiting legislative sponsors. It appears those efforts are starting to be recognized in the press.
From Olivia Belanger at The Keene Sentinel
A bipartisan coalition is expected to move forward with a marijuana legalization bill in the N.H. House of Representatives, in hopes of ending the Granite State’s status as an island of recreational cannabis prohibition, surrounded by places that have legalized the drug.
“It’s obviously come to a point where something has to be done,” said Ross Connolly, deputy state director for Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a conservative political advocacy group. “The status quo can’t continue.”
The bill — which likely will be introduced early next year — will include a private marketplace and low tax rate that are “tremendously different” from the past efforts, according to former state Rep. Timothy T. Egan, D-Sugar Hill, who chaired the House Democratic Cannabis Caucus until losing re-election earlier this month.
Although Egan lost his seat, he’s still working on legalization in his new role as inaugural chair of the advisory board for the N.H. Cannabis Association, a Manchester-based industry group. The bill will be sponsored by representatives from both sides of the aisle, Egan noted.