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New Hampshire: State Senate Refuses to Consider Marijuana Decriminalization Measure

Senate members have refused to consider legislation, House Bill 1625, to reduce minor marijuana possession penalties. Reports the Associated Press: “Without comment, the Senate sent the bill back to the House on Thursday, citing a Senate rule on not considering bills killed in the first year of the two-year legislative session. The move effectively kills the bill.”

Members of the House of Representatives had previously approved the measure by an overwhelming 214 to 92 vote. Every other New England state except for New Hampshire has decriminalized minor marijuana possession offenses.

Under present law, possession of any amount of marijuana is a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year of incarceration and a maximum fine of $2,000. Passage of this act would have eliminated criminal penalties for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana and replace them with a civil fine of $100 — no arrest and no criminal record. It would also have lowered the classification of cultivation of six marijuana plants or less to a Class A misdemeanor.

The measure was publicly opposed by Democrat Gov. Maggie Hassan. If you wish to contact Gov. Hassan and urge her to reconsider her stance, you may do so here.


 







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