NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA (AP):
Marijuana lobbyists in New Hampshire USA will know next month if it will be legal to use up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational use and if persons age 21 and older will be free to use the plant.
New Hampshire's House will vote early next month.
Supporters propose taxing the drug when it is sold at retail at a rate of US$30 per ounce and letting people grow up to six marijuana plants in a controlled environment.
State Representative Steve Vaillancourt, a Manchester Republican supporting the bill, says the legislation is modeled after one approved by Colorado voters last year and is similar to one Washington voters passed.
"Nothing in the bill would allow anyone to drive under the influence of marijuana or any other substance. By legalising, regulating and taxing (marijuana), society would in effect be taking the profit away from illegal operations which truly harm society," he wrote fellow representatives in support of the bill.
Vaillancourt said taxing the drug would produce millions of dollars in tax revenue. He noted that the bill would not be effective until July 1 to provide time to implement it properly.
Opponents argue marijuana is bad for people's health and would be difficult to regulate.
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