Poll: 61% of New Hampshire Voters Support Legalizing Cannabis

newhampshireA new WMUR Granite State Poll has found that a strong majority of voters in New Hampshire support legalizing recreational cannabis. According to the poll, just 24% of voters in the state favor keeping cannabis illegal.

Unsurprisingly, support for legalization was strongest among liberals at 79%, and lowest among conservatives at 41%. Among those who consider themselves moderate, 75% state that they support legalization. Among all age groups only those 65 and older have more opposed to legalization than those in support of it, but it’s close; 43% to 48%. Males and females both had equal support for legalization at 61%.

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New Hampshire House Votes 289 to 58 to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

cannabisjointandbudIn a 289 to 58 vote, New Hampshire’s full House of Representatives has passed an amended version of a bill (Senate Bill 498) that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis. The long-debated bill now moves to the Senate.

Under the proposed law, the possession of up to a quarter ounce of cannabis (seven grams) would no longer be a criminal penalty punishable by a misdemeanor and up to a year in prison. Last month the full House of Representatives voted to decriminalize twice this much – half an ounce – though that proposal was killed in the Senate.

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Poll: Over 60% of New Hampshire Adults Support Legalizing Recreational Cannabis

newhampshireA large majority of adults in New Hampshire support legalizing recreational cannabis for those 21 and older, according to the new WMUR Granite State Poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.

According to the poll, 62% of New Hampshire adults support legalizing cannabis for personal use, an 8% increase from May of last year when polling found support at 54%. Just 30% oppose the move, according to the new poll, with 8% remaining undecided.

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Cannabis Decrim Bill Passed by New Hampshire’s Full House of Representatives

03.18.13news-flickr-marijuana-editNew Hampshire’s full House of Representatives – in a voice vote Thursday evening – approved a bill that would remove criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of cannabis.

Under the proposed law – House Bill 1631 – the possession of up to a half an ounce of cannabis would become a civil violation punishable by a fine of $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second offense, and $500 for a third or subsequent offense; no number of offenses would result in jail time or a criminal charge. Under current state law, possession of any amount of cannabis is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.

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New Hampshire Poll: 54% Support Legalizing Cannabis, 63% Favor Decriminalizing It

newhampshireNew polling released by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center has found that a majority of New Hampshire adults favor legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes, and an even higher majority favors decriminalizing cannabis.

According to the poll, 54% of New Hampshire adults support legalizing cannabis, with just 36% opposed. When it comes to decriminalizing cannabis, 63% support the idea, and 27% are opposed to it.

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Poll: 59% of New Hampshire Adults Favor Legalizing Cannabis

A new WMURnewhampshire Granite State Poll has found that 59% of adults in New Hampshire favor the legalization of recreational cannabis, with only 35% opposed to the move. These numbers mark a 4% increase in support since the last time the question was asked in April, and an 11% increase from early last year.

According to the poll, an additional 19% support decriminalizing cannabis, and only 27% support keeping laws the way they are. If cannabis were legalized, 72% support allowing it to be sold at state-licensed retail outlets.

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