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From top left: Amanda Bouldin, Kyle Tasker, Pamela Tucker, Joseph Lachance, Ted Wright, Shem Kellogg

Sep 30, 2016 6:04 PM

Where 5 NH lawmakers involved in Tasker drug AG investigation stood on marijuana bills

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CONCORD — An investigation by the New Hampshire Attorney General's office revealed that five state representatives either bought or smoked marijuana with former rep. Kyle Tasker, all of which voted on four separate marijuana bills over the past two years.

Tasker was arrested on March 1 for online solicitation of a minor and possession with intent to distribute controlled drugs. The five representatives involved in the AG investigation were former rep. Pamela Tucker, rep. Amanda Bouldin, rep. Ted Wright, rep. Joseph Lachance, and the late rep. Shem Kellogg.

READ: AG's office releases names of NH lawmakers Tasker sold drugs to, no criminal charges

The five representatives were all apart of the voting of four separate bills that involved marijuana - one was in 2015 and three were in 2016.

Bill number 618 was voted on March 11, 2015 to pass with amendments. This bill proposed to reduce the penalty for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana to a violation, and reduce the penalty for possession of other amounts of marijuana.

Voted "yea" for bill to pass: Tucker, Bouldin, Wright, Lachance, Kellogg
Voted "nay" for bill to pass: None
Excused from voting: None

Bill number 1694 was voted on Feb. 11, 2016 to Inexpedient to Legislate. This bill proposed to legalize the personal use of marijuana by persons 21 years of age or older, legalize the cultivation, possession, and use of hemp, authorize the licensing of marijuana wholesale, retail, cultivation, and testing facilities, and impose a tax on the sale of marijuana.

Voted "yea" for bill not to pass: Tucker
Voted "nay" for bill not to pass: Wright, Lachance
Excused from voting: Bouldin, Kellogg

Bill number 1631 was voted on March 10, 2016 Inexpedient to Legislate. This bill proposed to reduce the penalty for possession of 1/2 ounce or less of marijuana to a violation, and reduce the penalty for possession of other amounts of marijuana.

Voted "yea" for bill not to pass: None
Voted "nay" for bill not to pass: Wright, Lachance
Excused from voting: Tucker, Bouldin, Kellogg

Bill number 1610 was voted on March, 23 2016 to table the bill. This bill proposed to allow a person 21 years of age or older to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana and to cultivate no more than 6 marijuana plants without penalty.

Voted "yea" for bill to be tabled: Tucker
Voted "nay" for bill to be tabled: Bouldin, Lachance
Excused from voting: Wright, Kellogg

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