New Hampshire Makes a Little History on Marijuana
House becomes first legislative body to vote to legalize (but a veto awaits)
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2014 6:21 PM CST
State Rep. Joel Winters talks to lawmakers on the floor of the House in Concord, N.H.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

(Newser) – If the state House in New Hampshire had its way, residents would be able to legally indulge in a little recreational marijuana. The chamber voted 170-162 today in favor of legalizing up to 1 ounce of pot, reports the Concord Monitor. The measure also would make it legal to grow and sell pot, and the state would collect a tax. The problem for pro-legalization supporters is that even if the bill eventually makes it through the state Senate (before then, it actually needs to go back through a House panel and then through the full House again), Gov. Maggie Hassan has promised to veto it, reports AP.

So a futile effort? Not exactly. While Colorado and Washington have legalized pot through voter referendums, today's vote marks the first time that a US legislative body has done so, reports US News & World Report. "House members made history today and they are clearly on the right side of it,’’ says the political director of the Marijuana Policy Project. (Click to read about Colorado's new "amnesty boxes" at airports for travelers who mistakenly bring their marijuana inside.)

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KDickley
Jan 19, 2014 5:25 PM CST
So now we have to worry about potheads behind the wheel looking at all the pretty trees going by, instead of paying attention to traffic? Colorado is getting pissed from all the stoners bashing into the back of Police cars. Where's organizations like MADD? How about (PASSING), People Against Stupid Stoner Idiot Nitwit Gonzos?
jimmy4
Jan 16, 2014 3:57 PM CST
she will be gone next election.they will veto her
CentristIntelligence
Jan 16, 2014 3:05 PM CST
Guess the only thing for new hampshire to do is vote Hassan out then.