20 December 2016
The Daily Chronic report…..
Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn (D-Dalton) told the Concord Monitor on Friday that he intends to file a bill to legalize marijuana in New Hampshire, the only New England state where marijuana possession remains a criminal offense.
Woodburn’s bill would make it legal for adults 21 or older to possess and use marijuana, although the lawmaker says he would likely push a a later implementation date for the legalization law, should it pass the legislature, possibly in 2019 or 2020.
“You get a goal,” he said. “It’s like D-Day; we’re going to invade on this date.”
Woodburn hasn’t released specific details of his bill, including possession limits and proposed taxes on recreational marijuana sales.
Advocates were pleased to hear of Woodburn’s support for passing a legalization law in New Hampshire, noting that his leadership position could help the New Hampshire Senate finally take action on a bill to reform the state’s marijuana laws.
“I’m very, very pleased with Senator Woodburn’s decision to show leadership on the legalization issue,” said Matt Simon, New England political director of the Marijuana Policy Project. “It’s an issue that people are looking for leadership on, and there’s not been a lot of leadership in the senate.”