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Vermont and New Hampshire, always side by side.

Five days after its neighbor's state house passed a marijuana legalization bill, New Hampshire has also joined the party. On January 9, the New Hampshire state house approved the bill, which legalizes consumption and growing of cannabis, by a vote of 207-139.

This vote comes less than a week after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions rolled back Obama-era protections that limited the amount of federal government in states that legalized and sufficiently regulated "recreational" cannabis.

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The law currently in the New Hampshire state house will allow adults to posses up to an ounce of marijuana and to cultivate it in limited quantities. Provisions that would have created a regulatory system for selling and taxing the drug were dropped from the amendment that is moving forward.

Vermont's state house also recently passed a law that legalizes consumption and growing, but not selling of cannabis. Both join a growing group of jurisdictions that have legalized the consumption but not the sale of cannabis - including Maine and the District of Columbia.

Supporters of the New Hampshire bill argue that the state, which is surrounded by states with -or in the process of passing- legal marijuana laws, shouldn’t be an “island of prohibition." Opponents, however, argue that the bill is premature and should have been held until a commission created by the state last year releases its recommendations in November. New Hampshire has had legal medical marijuana since 2013.

The amendment in New Hampshire now goes to the state senate, where it awaits a vote to see if it proceeds further.

Meanwhile, the Vermont State Senate votes on its legalization bill today. The Vermont bill is expected to pass.

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The Associate Press contributed to this article.

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