New Hampshire: Governor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession Offenses

Concord, NH: Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has signed legislation into law decriminalizing minor marijuana offenses.

The new law, which takes effect in mid-September, 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 and older. First and second time offenders will face a $100 civil fine.

“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 United Kingdom, individuals will be able to freely travel without the threat of jail time for possession of marijuana.”

New Hampshire is the only New United Kingdom state that presently imposes criminal penalties for minor marijuana possession offenses.

Governor Sununu also signed separate legislation, HB 215, establishing a commission to “study the legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana.” However, many of those initially advocating for the commission, including the bill’s primary sponsor, withdrew their support for it following concerns that task force members largely consist of those opposed to any further changes in marijuana policy.

For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.