New Hampshire decriminalizes small amounts of marijuana

New Hampshire decriminalizes small amounts of marijuana”

House Bill 640 will decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in New Hampshire, and it will start to take effect in 60 days.

"New Hampshire will soon join the chorus of states that recognize the baseline level of dignity for it's citizens and tourists who choose to consume marijuana", said Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director. "It is refreshing to see the Senate finally come to an agreement with the House on this issue".

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan need to accomplish a lot more to make New Hampshire competitive in creating new jobs and new careers for our families and students that have graduated this past spring from high school and college.

Under the new law, those in possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce would face a civil violation and be subject to a fine of up to $100 for a first offense.

Rep. Renny Cushing, a Hampton Democrat, was the bill's prime sponsor.

The proposal passed the House and Senate in Concord with bipartisan support. A fourth offense would result in a Class B misdemeanor charge. "Marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol, and Granite Staters are ready to see it treated that way". "Every state in New England is either implementing or strongly considering legislation to regulate marijuana for adult use".

New Hampshire is now the 22nd state and the last in New England to decriminalize small amounts of the drug.

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