New Hampshire House Overwhelmingly Approves Bill to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

New Hampshire House Overwhelmingly Approves Bill to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

New Hampshire’scannabisdecrim House of Representatives voted 297 to 67 today 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 $100 civil infraction, rather than an arrestable misdemeanor.

Under current New Hampshire law, the possession of any amount of cannabis can result in a year-long jail sentence.

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

House Bill 618 now heads to the state’s Senate for consideration. Its passage in the Senate will send it to Governor Maggie Hassan.

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