CONCORD, N.H. (Sept. 18, 2017) – On Saturday, a law decriminalizing marijuana possession in New Hampshire went into effect. This takes another step toward nullifying the unconstitutional drug war in the Live Free or Die State.
Rep. Robert Cushing (D-Hampton) introduced House Bill 640 (HB640) along with 11 bipartisan co-sponsors. The legislation eliminates criminal penalties for simple marijuana possession by “allowing offenders to pay fines by mail will result in less time and resources spent on such cases, allowing police and courts to spend more time and resources dealing with serious crimes.”
The New Hampshire Senate approved HB640 by a 17-6 margin on May 11. The House had previously approved the measure by a 318-36 margin. After the House approved the Senate amendment, Gov. Sununu signed HB640 into law. It went into effect Sept. 16.
HB640 changes possession “of 3/4 ounce or less of marijuana or 5 grams or less of hashish” from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil infraction punishable by “a minimum of $350 for a first offense and $500 for a second or subsequent offense.” Any New Hampshire resident possessing “more than 3/4 ounce of marijuana or more than 5 grams of hashish” …
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