New Hampshire House of Representatives Passes Cannabis Decriminalization Measure 215 to 92
New Hampshire’s full House of Representatives, in a 215 to 92 vote, has approved House Bill 1625, a proposal to decriminalize cannabis possession, and to defelonize cannabis cultivation.
If approved into law, House Bill 1625 would make the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis a simple $100 ticket, and would make cultivation of up to six cannabis plants a Class A misdemeanor, rather than a felony.
Under current law, the possession of any amount of cannabis is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison, and the cultivation of any amount of cannabis is a felony punishable by up to 3 years in prison.
According to recently polling, 62% of New Hampshire voters support decriminalizing small amounts of cannabis.
A seperate cannabis-related proposal was passed last week by New Hampshire’s House; the measure would legalize cannabis cultivation for medical purposes.