Not All Were Thrilled With The Bill’s Passing, Including Senate President Chuck Morse, Who Said, “i Believe It Sends Mixed Signals As A State In The Middle Of A Very Serious Heroin Crisis With Nearly 500 Deaths A Year That We Are Working Hard Every Day To Reduce.

new england cannabis Language in the bill states that no one may be arrested by law enforcement for simply possessing small, personal amounts of cannabis. I want to thank the legislature for passing common sense marijuana reform. I look forward to signing House Bill 640 into law. — Chris Sununu (@GovChrisSununu) May 11, 2017 Currently in New Hampshire , marijuana possession of any quantity is punishable by up to one year in jail. If House Bill 640 becomes law, anyone over the age of 18 who is found guilty of possessing up to three-quarters of an ounce of cannabis or five grams of hash will be subject to a $100 penalty — even on the second offense. The fine escalates to $300 on the third offense, and a fourth will net the offender a Class B misdemeanor. The revenue derived from the possession penalties will help fund the state’s fight against substance abuse. The Granite State Senate had been rock-steady in their resistance to reform, rejecting House-approved decriminalization bills on three separate occasions over the last ten years. Not all were thrilled with the bill’s passing, including Senate President Chuck Morse, who said, “I believe it sends mixed signals as a state in the middle of a very serious heroin crisis with nearly 500 deaths a year that we are working hard every day to reduce. I continue to stand with law enforcement against decriminalization and will work to ensure the safety of our communities against drugs.” Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn stressed, “We need common sense to prevail.

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