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Advocates for legalizing marijuana in New Hampshire are preparing a new push

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The new year will bring new legislation, and one provision New Hampshire lawmakers are working on again is legalizing marijuana. Advocates said there is still progress to be made, but legal marijuana is getting closer in the state. He takes on a new role as an advocate with the New Hampshire Cannabis Association. He said he wanted to increase business support for legalization. “While we know cannabis supporters are out there and speaking up, I don’t think the rest of the industries in the state have learned what value it can be, and they need to be more vocal,” Egan said. While resistance to legal cannabis is slowly waning in Concord, staunch opponents of legalization remain. “I have some reservations,” said House Speaker Sherman Packard. “But I haven’t seen the two bills. I expect we’ll get something out of the House. What the Senate or the governor do, I can’t tell you.” A change in this body could turn things around in this session. Former state representatives Daryl Abbas, Keith Murphy, and Tim Lang have all supported pro-cannabis bills in the past, and they are taking Senate seats held by traditional opponents of marijuana. Chris Sununu has been skeptical of the legalization, telling CNN recently, “We’re not there yet.” But in a statement to News 9, his office indicated that the legalization bill never reached his desk. Should the legislature reach a consensus and compromise, the governor will review any such legislation and determine whether it is in the best interests of the citizens of New Hampshire. Winning the governor’s support will be crucial, his office said in the statement, but advocates said the time has come. Everyone at State House to catch up on public opinion.”It’s 2023, and we’re mature enough now to understand if I can enjoy a glass of wine or a glass of beer or a drink,” Egan said.

The new year will bring new legislation, and one provision New Hampshire lawmakers are working on again is the legalization of marijuana.

There’s still progress to be made, advocates said, but legal marijuana is getting ever closer in the state.

Former state Rep. Timothy Egan takes on a new role as an advocate with the New Hampshire Cannabis Association. He said he wanted to grow business support for legalization.

“While we know cannabis supporters are out there and making their voices heard, I don’t think the rest of the industries in the state have learned what value it can be, and they need to be more vocal,” Egan said.

While resistance to legal cannabis is slowly waning in Concord, staunch opponents of legalization remain.

“I have some reservations,” said House Speaker Sherman Packard. “But I haven’t seen the two bills. I expect we’ll get something out of the House. What the Senate or the governor do, I can’t tell you.”

The Senate has held up previous House legislation bills, but a shake-up of this body could turn things around in this session.

Former state Rep. Daryl Abbas, Keith Murphy and Tim Lang have all supported pro-cannabis bills in the past, and they are taking over Senate seats held by traditional opponents of marijuana.

Governor Chris Sununu has been skeptical of the legalization, telling CNN recently, “We’re not there yet.” But in a statement to News 9, his office indicated that the legalization bill never reached his desk.

“In the event that the Legislature reaches consensus and settlement, the governor will review any such legislation and determine whether it is in the best interests of the citizens of New Hampshire,” his office said in the statement.

Winning the governor’s support will be critical, but advocates said it’s time for everyone in the statehouse to catch up with public opinion.

“It’s 2023, and we’re mature enough now to understand if I can enjoy a glass of wine, a glass of beer, or a piece of bread,” Egan said.

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