New Hampshire: Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Signed Into Law

thumbs_upRepublican Gov. Chris Sununu signed legislation today decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses.

House Bill 640, which takes effect in 60 days, eliminates criminal penalties for the possession of up to 3/4 of an ounce of cannabis and/or up to five grams of hashish for those age 18 or older. Under the new law, first time offenders will receive a civil violation punishable by a $100 fine.

Presently, first-time marijuana possession is punishable by up to one year in prison, a potential $2,000 fine, and a criminal record.

“New Hampshire will soon join the chorus of states that recognize the baseline level of dignity for it’s citizens and tourists who choose to consume marijuana,” said Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director. “Soon, throughout New England, individuals will be able to freely travel without the threat of jail time for possession of marijuana.”

New Hampshire is the only New England state that presently treats minor possession offenses as a criminal offense.

6 thoughts

  1. It’s a good idea to make sure you are not DUI, your car is registered, inspected and insured AND there’s nothing wrong with it that can get you pulled over. When driving, don’t do anything that can get you pulled over. No one in the car smokes to get high while driving. Not a good idea to let passengers vape either, and no eating or drinking cannedibles because I hate cleaning that shit up. If not the designated driver and more than a few bowls worth, stash goes in the trunk or in the back. Lose it, mooched, robbed . . . This is the POV I’m talking about, not a service with a designated driver and the limo or bus or whatever drives you tourists around while you get baked.

    New Hampshire needs to take the next step and legalize adult recreational. All you NE governors need to get together as a block and legalize as a block. Fewer people will be buying legal Canadian weed and smuggling it back, I mean, unless that’s all spelled out internationally between the U.S. and Canada so the border guards ignore small amounts like for alcoholic beverages. Why risk the international border checkpoint when you can just drive to a nearby state where it’s legal: Maine, Massachusetts, next nearby state to legalize?

  2. Agreed warning Oracle. Sessions is ramping up asset forfeitures (no big surprise there) so vehicles will get impounded. Remember to place your hands on the wheel, be friendly but ask only if youre being arrested if they say “step out of the car.” If they search without consent file a Motion to Supress Evidence.

    Texas will be in much better shape to decriminalize in 2019 if we can get some Democrats into office in 2018:

    Weve got a marijuana reformer running against Governor Abbott:

    Abbott is sure to knock down HB85, a revised version of the popular medical marijuana bill that didnt make the floor vote on the Calendar 2 months ago. Time to knock Abbott down.

    Meanwhile Representative Beto Orourke is running a pro-marijuana reform small donation campaign against the Senator everyone loves to hate, Ted Cruz;

    Beto was on a bipartisan facebook forum with Texas NORML Executive Director Jax Finkle:

    Let’s support and crowdfund these candidates and legalize some mmj and decrim in Texas for 2019!

  3. Woohoo. Finally. Hailing from the west cost originally and now finding myself a full-time New Englander, this news was a long time coming given that home state is about a decade ahead of New Hampshire in the context of legislative victories. But all the same, rather now than never. Props to Sununu. You took your time but you got it right and you made it happen. Another step in the right direction.

  4. Way to go New Hampshire! However, I still feel both you and Vermont are moving too slowly, Conn., Deleware, Rhode Island as well. They all need to look to Maine and Mass. and realize the future is in full legalization. These states need to stop the delays and just legalize fully already and, for them, “get it over with,” if they are uneasy about it. Hurry up, Canada, and do NOT back down from your July 1, 2018 benchmark. Great work, N.H., but even more needs to be done. And, Republican or not, thank you, governor Sununu.

    1. oh, and don’t get me wrong. Marijuana legalization IS a multi-partisan issue, which we can ALL come together on, regardless of party affliation or no affliation. Today, I consider myself a progressive, rather than a pure liberal or conservative. I used to be, a long time ago, Republican, and still do hold some of their values, but also those of the left, but party does not matter, great ideas for the future and to help people and our society are what matter! 🙂

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