New Hampshire Senate puts marijuana legalization on hold

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FILE – This Feb. 17, 2016 file photo shows marijuana plants at a home in Honolulu. A growing majority of Americans say marijuana should be legal, underscoring a national shift as more states embrace cannabis for medical or recreational use. Illinois lawmakers working to legalize recreational marijuana have hit a potential snag: whether to allow […]

The push to legalize recreational use of marijuana has suffered a setback in New Hampshire.

The Senate voted Thursday to delay action on a legalization bill until late December or early next year. The bill had passed the House in April, but not with enough votes to override a promised veto by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu.

Sen. Martha Hennessey, a Hanover Democrat, said the Senate Judiciary Committee was unanimous in believing that the issue needs further consideration.

Ten states have legalized recreational marijuana — including the three bordering New Hampshire, though Vermont has yet to enact a mechanism to sell or regulate it. Efforts to legalize it in New York and New Jersey fizzled out this year.

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