New Hampshire Legislator Introduces Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

A bill has been introduced in the New Hampshire state legislature (H.B. 118-FN) that would reduce the penalty for possession of less than one and one-half ounces of marijuana from a class A misdemeanor to a violation. The measure was introduced by Rep. Tim Robertson (18th-District) and four co-sponsors.

Under current state law, possession of marijuana is punishable by a one-year sentence and/or $1,000 fine. Under this new measure, individuals possessing small amounts of marijuana would receive a ticket and a small fine.

NORML Legal Committee Member Michael Cutler, Esq. of Boston, Massachusetts, has been working with Rep. Robertson in support of the legislation. Cutler said that he expects the bill to be referred to a study committee before being voted on by the legislature.

For more information, please contact R. Keith Stroup or Allen St. Pierre of NORML at (202) 483-5500. Rep. Robertson may be reached at (603) 271-3529. Attorney Michael Cutler may be contacted at (617) 439-4990.