New Hampshire: House Committee Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Measure

House Bill 1625 would significantly reduce marijuana penalties in New Hampshire.


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.