I'm happy to report that HB 1373, a bill “establishing a committee to study the effects of current state and federal laws on illegal drugs and the possession and use of such drugs,” passed the House today on a voice vote. This means that none of the bill's few opponents even bothered to insist on a counted "division" vote, let alone a recorded "roll call" vote.
HB 1653 has been recommended "ought to pass" by the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee by a surprising 16-2 margin (read the Eagle Tribune's story here). If this bill becomes law, possession of 1/4 ounce or less of marijuana will be a violation instead of the current Class A misdemeanor, with a fixed penalty of $200, no threat of incarceration, and no criminal record generated.
The NH House of Representatives will vote Wednesday, Feb. 10 (***postponed, vote now expected Feb. 17) on HB 1373, a bill which seeks to create a study committee that would look more closely at the effects of state and federal drug laws on NH. Here are the details:
Detailed coverage from Sunday's Eagle Tribune.
Another video from the Jan. 20 hearings:
Did you know that marijuana is the #2 cash crop in New Hampshire, behind only hay? Here are the average values per annum in 2003-2005, from this 2006 study by Jon Gettman:
And let's not forget that only a small percentage of the marijuana consumed in New Hampshire is produced here in the state!