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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