This November Portland, Maine residents voted to legalize possession of 2.5 ounces or less of marijuana. Now legislators in both the Maine and New Hampshire Legislatures are sponsoring marijuana legalization bills in 2014.
Rep. Steve Vaillancourt (R-Manchester) is the prime sponsor of HB 492, a bill to legalize the personal use of up to one ounce of marijuana by persons at least 21 years-old.
Rep. Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket) is also sponsoring a bill to decriminalize possession of one ounce or less of marijuana.
Both bills have a chance in the House, but will almost certainly fail in the Senate. Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) also opposes legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana.
Matt Simon, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, still thinks its important for the legislature to consider the bills.
"We think public opinion is pretty strongly on our side on this, and that will work its way into the 2014 elections," Simon told Seacoast Online. "The more light of day there is, the more voters talk, the more comfortable the Legislature will be to make change."
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