NEW HAMPSHIRE

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Clockwise from top left, Vermont GOP Governor Phil Scott, Vermont Democratic challenger Christine Hallquist, New Hampshire GOP Governor Chris Sununu, and New Hampshire Democratic challenger Molly Kelly.
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There’s been a lot of coverage of the governors’ races in Massachusetts and Connecticut. But there are also lively races going on in two states to the north.

Over the past decade, Republicans have made historic gains on the state level. Heading into the election, they control two-thirds of the governors' mansions. But this year the GOP is playing defense.

In the two years since President Trump's election, Democrats have found their energy. Party turnout during the primaries was high, and looking forward to the general election, Democrats could pick up more than a dozen gubernatorial seats and have the chance to become the majority.

The commission studying marijuana legalization in New Hampshire released its 264-page report with 54 recommendations that form a potential blueprint should state legislators pursue bills to legalize cannabis for adult, recreational use.

Read the final report here.

Though it takes no position on legalization, the commission produced a framework for marijuana legalization, starting with recommending lawmakers refer to it as cannabis.

The final report of the marijuana study commission, which is due out Thursday, will feature something of a disclaimer: Some members want it known neither they nor their organization are staking out any position on recreational pot.

New Hampshire Police Chiefs say a forthcoming report on marijuana legalization shows that now is a bad time to legalize recreational pot here.

The Association of Chiefs of Police gathered in Concord on Monday to repeat its opposition.

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