New Hampshire Senate panel rejects recreational marijuana

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A New Hampshire Senate committee rejected a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana sales, but only at state-owned stores.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously against House Bill 1598 on Wednesday, Manchester TV station WMUR reported.

The measure, which the House had passed, will still get a vote on the Senate floor, according to WMUR.

But it is extremely unlikely to pass, based on the Senate panel’s action.

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Under HB 1598, recreational marijuana products would be sold only at stores run by the state Liquor Commission, restricting a commercial marketplace.

Marijuana industry groups also found the measure problematic because it would have required state employees to sell products that are federally illegal.