New Hampshire Committee Approves Bill to Decriminalize Cannabis

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New Hampshire Committee Approves Bill to Decriminalize Cannabis

New Hampshire’snewhampshire House Committee on Criminal Justice voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve House Bill 618, a measure that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis.

If approved into law, the proposal would make the possession of up to half an ounce of cannabis a simple ticket rather than an arrestable misdemeanor. Under current law, the possession of any amount of cannabis can result in a year-long jail sentence.

“We should be better spending our limited time and resources, and on top of that, the New Hampshire Constitution says the penalty ought to fit the crime,” Representative Adam Shroadter, a Republican from Newmarket, said before the committee’s vote.

House Bill 618 would also reduce the penalty for cultivating up to six cannabis plants from a felony, to a misdemeanor.

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According to polling released in October, 78% of New Hampshire adults believe that cannabis should be decriminalized; 58% believe it should be legalized.



  • Carol
    March 7, 2015

    I believe passing this bill would be a great first step in the process of Legalization and Taxation. It would be a shame for Maggie Hassan to veto a measure that would free up courts and jails for REAL CRIMINALS. Legalization with Taxation would increase the revenue without taxing homeowners and car owners for the multi millions the republicans plan to reduce from education to provide businesses with yet another tax break.

  • loir
    March 9, 2015

    i believe it should be legalize, because marijuana is not a drug..

  • cary
    March 9, 2015

    marijuana should be legalized because it is not a drug.they need to be worried about the real drugs in opening more jail cells for the ones that are doing illegal things not marijuana….

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