Could New Hampshire See Marijuana Decriminalized?
According to an article by Tom Angell, of Marijuana.com, the New Hampshire House of Representatives approved a bill on March 10, that would decriminalize the possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana. Currently, New Hampshire state law considers the possession of any amount of cannabis to be a misdemeanor worth of a fine of up to $2,000 as well as up to one year in prison.
The new bill, however, would replace the criminal penalties with fines, increasing with the number of violations. For instance, $100 for a first-time offense, $200 for a second, and $500 for a third or subsequent offenses. According Angell, the passage of this bill by the House actually reverses a recommendation by the Chambers Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee which voted against decriminalization.
In an interview with Marijuana.com, the New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project stated that,
The Senate almost worked out a governor-supported compromise that would have decriminalized first offenses only, 1/4 ounce or less, but the deal fell apart on the Senate floor the last day of session. By passing this bill we are essentially giving the Senate and governor a ‘do-over.’ It seems likely that we’ll be able to get something done, but it probably won’t be as good as decrim laws in other New England states.
Governor Maggie Hassan now also a candidate for the U.S. Senate has unfortunately been a Luddite when it comes to marijuana legislation despite some positive moves regarding scaling back the increasingly obvious failure of the drug war, she strongly opposes any legalization, an issue which is likely to threaten the ultimate passage of the bill.
HB 1631 now heads to the New Hampshire State Senate.
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