By noon on Saturday, more than 800 people had signed a petition on change.org asking Gov. Maggie Hassan to "step aside" and allow HB 492 to pass.
Last week, the House voted, 170-162, in favor of the bill, which would legalize marijuana for "personal use" and impose a $30-per-ounce wholesale tax and 15 percent retail sales tax.
Whatever happens with that bill, the public will get another chance to weigh in on the issue when the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee takes up House Bill 1625 later this year.
That measure would reduce the penalty for possessing an ounce or less of pot to a violation and reduce other penalties for possessing or growing pot or hashish. Anyone 18 or older who violates that law would be subject to a fine; anyone younger than that would have to complete an approved substance abuse education program, and their parents would be notified. A young person also would have to complete community service.
- Shawne Wickham