A subcommittee of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 3-2 to recommend “ought to pass” on HB 656, a bill to tax & regulate cannabis.
Voting FOR the measure were subcommittee chairman Frank Sapareto, R-Derry, Beth Rodd, D-Bradford, and Renny Cushing, D-Hampton.
Voting AGAINST were David Welch, R-Kingston, and Kate Murray, D-New Castle.
The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will hold an Executive Session on Nov 14, with the full House likely to vote on the recommendation in early January.
HB656 would do the following if passed by the General Court:
I. Legalizes the personal use of marijuana by persons 21 years of age or older.
II. Legalizes the cultivation, possession, and use of hemp.
III. Authorizes the licensing of marijuana wholesale, retail, cultivation, and testing facilities.
IV. Imposes a tax on the sale of marijuana.