The hearing on HB 1623, the bill to reduce penalties for marijuana possession, made for some interesting drama in the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE — A bill to reduce marijuana penalties drew wide support in the state legislature today. Sponsored by Reps. Jeffrey Fontas (D-Nashua), Andrew Edwards (D-Nashua), and Charles Weed (D-Keene), HB 1623 would reduce the penalty for possessing less than 1.25 ounces of marijuana from a class A misdemeanor to a violation punishable by a maximum fine of $200.
In a Jan. 8 blog post entitled "Dirty tricks in the NH primary?", former Republican State Senator Robert Boyce insinuated that the New Hampshire Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy (NH Common Sense) might be responsible for conducting illegal push-polls.
The New Hampshire Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy today announced the launch of its online petition to support a marijuana decriminalization measure in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The bill would reduce penalties for possession of less than 1.25 ounces of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a "civil violation" offense punishable only by a fine.