New Hampshire Lawmakers Approve Measure to Decriminalize Marijuana

Today New Hampshire’s House of Representatives passed a measure decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana by a California-doctors-group-backs-legalizing-pot-3EFTVRH-x-largevote of 214 to 115. The measure, House Bill 621, would decriminalize the possession of up to a quarter ounce of marijuana, making it a $200 ticket rather than an arrestable misdemeanor. The bill now moves to the Senate.

Originally the measure was written to decriminalize up to an ounce, making it an $100 ticket, but an amended version garnered more support from the state’s House.

This vote comes just one day after the state’s House overwhelming approved a measure legalizing medical cannabis, by a vote of 286 to 62.

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    • Just Me on March 21, 2013 at 11:59 pm
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    How do you figure they decriminalized marijuana if you still get a $200 ticket if you get caught with a small amount of marijuana? If marijuana were decriminalized, there would be no fine for getting caught with marijuana. If it’s truly not a criminal act to be in possession of marijuana (i.e. not even a misdemeanor), then it’s robbery of the People to impose a fine on them! I suppose it could be looked at as a step in the right direction, but that is a perspective that I cannot embrace. Prohibition is unconstitutional, plain and simple. Stealing money from Citizens for not liking something they do–which doesn’t harm anybody else in any way–is a criminal act on the part of the Government.

    BTW: I don’t use marijuana, I tried it several times when I was younger but I didn’t like it. I’m a friend to responsible marijuana users because I’m a Constitution-loving Patriot and a Humanist that cares about every Citizens rights (not just the ones that are favorable to me, like many unpatriotic Americans today). Peace!

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