A grow light shines through the leaves of a cannabis plant at Northern Lights grow facility in Denver on March 27, 2014.

New Hampshire marijuana legalization bill shot down

Opponents of the bill argued legalization in the state would conflict with federal law

CONCORD, N.H. — A bill that would legalize marijuana in New Hampshire has been rejected by a House committee.

The Concord Monitor reports the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Tuesday voted not to recommend the bill to the House. Under the measure, people 21 and older would have been able to buy recreational cannabis from licensed businesses that were taxed by the state.

Opponents of the bill argued legalization in the state would conflict with federal law. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration classifies marijuana as an illegal Schedule 1 controlled substance.

The state had previously created a commission to study the potential impact of legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana. Marijuana advocates had argued the commission was biased.

Earlier this year, the legislature passed a law to decriminalize marijuana possession.

Several states have enacted laws legalizing marijuana for adult use, including Massachusetts and Maine.

Information from: Concord Monitor