New Hampshire Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession
As of noon last Saturday, the possession of small amounts of marijuana is decriminalized in New Hampshire. Now, nowhere is New England will someone caught with a joint or two be subject to arrest.
Two New England states — Maine and Massachusetts — have legalized marijuana, and all the others have now decriminalized it.
Decriminalization came when, after years of effort, the legislature passed House Bill 640 in June, and Republican Gov. Jon Sununu signed it into law the following month.
Under the state’s old law, people caught with small amounts of pot faced up to a year in prison and a $2,000 fine. Under the new law, the penalty for possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce is reduced to a $100 fine for a first or second offense and a $300 fine for a third offense within three years. A fourth offense within three years could be charged as a Class B misdemeanor, but there would be no arrest or jail time.
The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), which has been deeply involved in the state for years, congratulated state political leaders for going this far, but urged them to go further.
“The governor and Legislature both deserve a lot of credit for moving the state forward with this commonsense reform,” said Matt Simon, MPP’s Manchester-based New England political director. “Unlike his predecessors, who opposed similar proposals, Gov. Sununu appears to understand that “Live Free or Die’ is more than just a motto on a license plate. Roll Roll Roll A plant that grows from the with #medicinalpurposes #cannabisheals #cannabiscommunity #420love #medicalmarijuana #dab #methadone #weedhumor #stayhighinyourownlane #highlaneaheadit starts with #compassion #hydroponics #meditation #prohibition #colorado #highlaneahead #sesamestreet #california #instaweed #somegirlsgethigh #wtf #weedwisdom #legalize #bert #newhampshire #toptags #wfayo