N.H. House Committee Approves Decriminalization Bill

Mar 07, 2014

Adam Schroadter, civil fine, decriminalization, HB1625, House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, New Hampshire, Vermont

[caption id="attachment_7408" align="alignright" width="167"]Schroadter Rep. Adam Schroadter[/caption]

On Tuesday, in a 12-5 vote, the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee approved a bill that would decriminalize possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. HB 1625, sponsored by Rep. Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket), would reduce the possession penalty to a violation punishable by a fine of up to $100. It would also reduce the penalty for possessing up to six plants from a felony to a misdemeanor, and it would reduce the maximum penalties for other marijuana offenses.

Vermont decriminalized marijuana possession in 2013, leaving New Hampshire as the only state in New England that maintains a criminal penalty for possessing small amounts of marijuana. This makes no sense, especially in a state known as the “Live Free or Die” state.