The New Hampshire House has given preliminary approval to a bill legalizing recreational marijuana, putting the state on the path to joining several of its neighbors who allow the possession of small amounts of pot.
Lawmakers voted 209-147 Wednesday in favor of the bill that would legalize up to 1 ounce of recreational marijuana and 5 grams of concentrated cannabis. A cannabis control commission would be established to license and regulate cannabis businesses. Ten states have legalized recreational marijuana.
A similar bill passed the House last year before dying in the Senate. Democrats, who added legalization to their party platform last year, now control both chambers.
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Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has promised to veto the bill if it passes.