New Hampshire House Votes 193-141 to Stop Arresting Pot Offenders
If you live in the Granite State, tonight you have reason to celebrate.
CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire residents could possess one-quarter ounce or less of marijuana without facing jail under a bill headed to the state Senate.
The House voted 193-141 Tuesday to decriminalize the small amount of the drug, making possessing it a violation subject to a $200 fine. Under current law, possessing that amount could mean spending a year in jail and paying a $2,000 fine.
Supporters argued current law costs youths who experiment with the drug all chances at receiving financial aid to attend college. They said it wasn’t fair to penalize them for life for a youthful mistake.
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Kudos to Matt Simon, the New Hampshire Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy, and to all of you who contacted the New Hampshire House over the past two weeks. Now it’s on to the Senate — where the battle really begins. March 18, 2008