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NH House Votes To Legalize 1 Ounce Of Pot

Norma Love, Associated Press
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Medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s House has given preliminary approval to legalizing up to 1 ounce of marijuana for recreational use for anyone age 21 and older.

The House voted 170-162 Wednesday to send the bill to its tax committee. The bill proposes taxing the drug when it is sold at retail at a rate of $30 per ounce and letting people grow up to six marijuana plants in a controlled environment.

Supporters said the bill was modeled after one approved by Colorado voters last year and is similar to one Washington voters passed. They said New Hampshire could receive $30 million in tax revenue.

Opponents argued marijuana is bad for people’s health, would be difficult to regulate and is illegal under federal law.

Gov. Maggie Hassan promises to veto the bill.

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