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New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Defeated In Senate

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new hampshire marijuana decriminalizationNew Hampshire won’t be the next state to decriminalize marijuana possession, at least not this year. The state Senate Thursday voted down a decriminalization bill, with senators calling it “deeply flawed.

Introduced by Rep. Kyle Tasker, House Bill 621 would have decriminalized the possession of up to a quarter ounce and imposed a maximum fine of $200. The bill passed the House in March on 214-115 vote.

But it had a rougher reception in the Senate. The Senate Judiciary Committee gave it a negative recommendation in April, and now the Senate has killed it.

The bill was too lenient, opponents claimed. Sen. Donna Soucy (D-Manchester) told the Associated Press the bill made punishments for pot possession more lenient than those for alcohol or tobacco (presumably for minors), that the House version of the bill had no age parameters, and that there were no increased penalties for repeat offenders.

Marijuana decriminalization or legalization bills have been introduced in nearly two dozen states this year. Some, like New Hampshire’s, are already dead, but others remain alive.

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  1. I pray the bill introduced in Ohio, does not get defeated, so we at least have the chance to vote on it here. Our state has the right to decide if we want to legalize and tax Marijuana for adults, and we need Medical Marijuana legalized just as much, if not more so. The county I live in has so many cancer patients that could benefit from it.
    Hopefully, it will create new jobs so our economy gets the boost it so badly needs, more money for schools and road repairs.
    I know it’s the one way we have left to pick up the pieces of our broken economy and get our state back on it’s feet !

  2. Too bad for the good folks of NH my prayers are with you. It seems that your lawmakers stand fast behind the arguments set forth in 1938 to outlaw this (marijuana) a perfect medical healer. (see) Harry J. Anslinger (Federal Bureau of Narcotics) Dupont Petrochemicals & William R. Hearst.

  3. Steve Canon on

    I wonder which politicians have the most to gain from keeping it illegal?

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