Poll: New Hampshire Voters Strongly Support Decriminalizing Drug Possession

By Drug Policy Alliance

Majorities of Republicans, Democrats and Independents Oppose Arresting People for Simple Possession decriminalizing drug possesssionof Any Drug, Want Health Insurers to Provide Treatment and Support Eliminating Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Non-Violent Drug Offenders

CONCORD, NH — A substantial majority of New Hampshire presidential primary voters support decriminalizing drug possession, according to a new poll released by the Drug Policy Alliance.

Sixty-six percent of voters in the first-in-the-nation primary, including half of all Republicans and 68% of independents, think people caught with a small amount of illegal drugs for personal use should be evaluated for drug issues, offered treatment but not be arrested or face any jail time.

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Activists and Lawmakers March Forth With WA Bill to Defelonize Personal Drug Possession

A proposal to remove felony charges for the personal possession of any controlled substance will be prefiled in the House of Representatives this Decembersensiblewashington in Washington State, and will have at least a dozen sponsors according to Sensible Washington, the organization behind the measure.

Under current Washington State law, the possession of any controlled substance, regardless of the amount, is a felony charge which carries with it a potential 5 year prison sentence. The sole exception is cannabis, with up to 28 grams being legal, and between 28 and 40 grams being a misdemeanor. However, if someone possesses 41 or more grams of cannabis, even post-I-502, they’re committing a felony.

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Washington Proposal to Defelonize Drug Possession Receives Public Hearing Date

A proposal to defelonize the personal possession of illegal substances in Washington State has officially received a hearing date in its first assigned committee, theswlogo House Public Safety Committee. The hearing will take place next Tuesday, January 14th.

Under the proposed law – House Bill 2116 – the possession of an illegal substance, when there’s no intent to distribute the substance, will be reduced from a felony charge with a potential 5 year prison sentence, to a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of 90 days.

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