NEW HAMPSHIRE: The House stood strongly against legalizing marijuana this afternoon, 192-140. The 52 vote margin represents a major change since the House narrowly passed the bill in January and sent it to the Ways and Means Committee.
Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, had promised to veto any bill legalizing marijuana.
Supporters of the bill tried to convince their colleagues that many assumptions about marijuana are untrue. Rep. Romeo Danais, a Nottingham Republican, said studies show marijuana is not addictive, does not kill brain cells and is not a gateway drug.
Supporters also pointed to legalizing and taxing marijuana as a new source of revenue. Colorado is expected to bring in $100 million in tax revenue from marijuana this year, Danais said. Furthermore, recent polls from the UNH Survey Center show the majority of New Hampshire residents support legalizing marijuana. Legalizing it would bring sales off the black market and might limit teenagers from smoking it, supporters said.