New Hampshire voted to delay marijuana bill till next week

New Hampshire House of Representatives were expected to consider a marijuana bill on Wednesday. But the vote was delayed until next week.

UPDATE: “The New Hampshire House just voted to delay considering of the marijuana legalization bill until next week due to the absence of a supportive lawmaker,” Tom Angell, a U.S. journalist and founder of the news website Marijuana Moment, wrote on his Twitter account.

New Hampshire’s 400-member Wednesday’s agenda included HB 656. HB 656 is a marijuana legalization bill that was rejected by a divided Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee in November wrote Angell.

Opponents of the bill say a legislative study is needed. This will see how marijuana sales are going to work and taxed in the state. They dub its introduction as premature.

Vermont ‘first domino’ to fall?

While Vermont was described as the “first domino” to fall in the United States as the trend to legalize marijuana continues unabated, New Hampshire could possibly beat it into it.

These New England states are witnessing campaigns at a grassroots level to lobby their government representatives to legalize marijuana.

New Hampshire is expected to vote on a marijuana bill next week
Mary Becker, 21 of Boise, Idaho, inhales hash oil during 420Fest at the Luxe Nightclub in Seattle, Washington. (File image via Reuters)

Matt Simon, New England Political Director for the non-profit Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), is lobbying to see marijuana decriminalized in Vermont.

“In recent weeks, legislative leaders and Gov. Phil Scott have reaffirmed that the legalization bill, H. 511, is expected to pass in early January,” he wrote on MPP’S website. “ If that happens, marijuana possession and limited cultivation will become legal for adults 21 and older on July 1, 2018.”

MPP considers itself as the largest organization working solely on marijuana policy reform in the United States in terms of its budget.

According to Newsweek, a minimum of at least 12 U.S. states are expected to consider marijuana legalization in 2018.

So far there are now 29 states, who have legalized medical marijuana. In addition, there are 9 others where recreational cannabis is no longer a crime.