House Bill 1625, legislation to significantly reduce marijuana penalties in New Hampshire, was approved by the House Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety in a 12 to 5 vote on Tuesday, March 4th. HB 1625 now awaits action from the full House of Representatives.
Under present law, possession of any amount of marijuana is a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year of incarceration and a maximum fine of $2,000. Passage of this act would eliminate criminal penalties for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana and replace them with a civil fine of $100 — no arrest and no criminal record. It would lower the classification of cultivation of six marijuana plants or less to a Class A misdemeanor
The bill has been embedded below.