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New Hampshire House passes initial marijuana legalization bill

The New Hampshire House took a step toward legalizing recreational marijuana in the state.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports the House voted, 207-139, in favor of an amended legalization bill. From the story:

The amended bill would permit adults to possess up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana, 5 grams of hashish, and certain marijuana-infused products. Adults could also cultivate up to six pot plants at home.

Speaker Gene Chandler said the bill now goes to the House Ways & Means Committee, according to NHPR.

The passage marks a rebuke of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who on Thursday made it easier for prosecutors to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have opted for legalization of the substance. (Read more about that here.)

The Vermont House approved the legalization of recreational marijuana that same day, and lawmakers have said the Vermont Senate could vote on the bill as soon as tomorrow. Republican Gov. Phil Scott has signaled he would sign it into law if it passes.

Democrat Doug Jones defeats Republican Roy Moore to win Ala. Senate seat

Democrat Doug Jones speaks Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Jones won Alabama's special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Democrat Doug Jones speaks Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Jones won Alabama’s special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

A Democrat has claimed victory in Alabama’s special election to fill its U.S. Senate seat, with Doug Jones handily defeating Republican candidate Roy Moore.

The Associated Press called the race for Jones just before 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, making him the first Democrat elected to such office from Alabama since 1992.

Jones, 63, is a former U.S. attorney best known for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klan members for the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham Baptist church, which killed four girls. The bombers were not tried until the 1990s.

He has never held elective office.

Moore has been facing calls to step aside ever sinceĀ The Washington Post published a blistering article alleging he had pursued teenage girls when he was an assistant district attorney in his early 30s in Alabama.

President Trump had voiced broad support for Moore, as did former White House strategist Steve Bannon.

Read more here.