It may be the “live free or die” state, but when it comes to getting marijuana, people in New Hampshire are certainly less free than elsewhere in New England.
When cannabis was allowed for recreational use in Rhode Island this May, New Hampshire was left as the only state in the region that has yet to legalize the drug. That’s despite the fact that about three quarters of state residents support legalization, according to a recent poll.
Lawmakers don’t share that same broad enthusiasm for legalization, from the State House to the governor’s office, where recent attempts to change marijuana law have died.
Two bills legalizing the possession of cannabis — one proposing sales to adults through liquor stores — were rejected by the Senate in April, despite being approved by the House. In 2019, Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a bill that would have allowed residents to home-grow their own cannabis plants.
But Sununu’s stance has wavered in recent months. Now he, like plenty of other people in New Hampshire, seems to think it’s a matter of time for the law to change.
“I think it’s going to ultimately happen in New Hampshire,” he told the New England Council in March. “It could be inevitable.”