Politician Info
D+ Chris Sununu (R - NH)

Holds office Governor

Position on Marijuana Decriminalization

Signed HB 640 into law: reduces penalties specific to the possession of up to 3/4 of an ounce of marijuana and up to five grams of hashish from a criminal misdemeanor to a non-criminal violation. (2017)

Position on Medical Marijuana

Governor Sununu signed House Bill 350 into law, which permits physicians’ assistants to make medical cannabis recommendations. He also signed House Bill 399 into law, which allows those with low-level marijuana convictions to petition the court for an annulment. (Link)(Link) 2019

Governor Sununu vetoed legislation that sought to eliminate a mandatory three-month waiting period for patients seeking medical cannabis recommendations. Lawmakers ultimately overrode his veto. (Link) 2019

He also vetoed legislation, House Bill 364, which sought to allow patients registered in the state’s medical cannabis access program the option to home-cultivate up to three cannabis plants. In his veto message, the Governor opined that allowing patients to grow their own medical cannabis would "make the job of law enforcement significantly more difficult," and also suggested that it might reduce the number of patients soliciting the state's dispensaries. (Link) 2019

Signed HB 157 into law: adds "moderate to severe chronic pain" as a qualifying illness for medical cannabis therapy. (2017)

Signed HB 160 into law: adds PTSD and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome as qualifying illnesses for medical cannabis therapy. (2017)



"It is in everything," Sununu said. David Mara, the state's drug czar, said New Hampshire has had "no confirmed cases" of fentanyl in marijuana. Sununu resisted the suggestion that legalizing marijuana would lessen the risk of getting pot laced with fentanyl. "The idea the legalization of marijuana would combat this problem is pure ignorance," Sununu said. "The data says just the opposite." 7/1/22

Governor Sununu in 2019 repeatedly expressed strong opposition to any legislative proposals that sought to legalize adult-use marijuana, making it clear that he would “absolutely” veto any legislation that made it to his desk.
“Now is not the time for the recreational legalization of cannabis in New Hampshire." (Link)

Governor Sununu reiterated his opposition to adult use legalization efforts at a news conference, stating that he would “absolutely” veto legislation “regardless of what the language looks like." (12/17/18) (Link)

While indicating his intention to sign decriminalization bill HB 640 into law, Sununu called it "common sense marijuana reform." (5/11/17

Governor Sununu is against legalization but in favor of decriminalization:
"We'll let the legislature go through their process and we'll see where it ends up but I do believe in the decriminalization aspect of marijuana. Obviously not the full legalization. Those are two very different issues." (4/19/17)

2017: Reduces Penalties for Marijuana Possession, HB 640
Contact Chris Sununu

Email: sununu.social@nh.gov

Web: https://www.flickr.com/photos/146461586@N06/albums

Phone: 603-271-2121


State House 107 North Main Street

Concord, NH 03301

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