2013 Polls: New Hampshire Voters Strongly Support Marijuana Policy Reforms

 In October 2013, the WMUR Granite State Poll found 60% support for HB 492, a bill that would legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use in New Hampshire.

A January, 2013 poll conducted by Public Policy Polling found 68% support for allowing medical marijuana in New Hampshire, 62% support for decriminalizing possession, and 53% support for making marijuana legal for adults and regulating it similarly to alcohol! Click here for the complete results.


A poll conducted in April, 2008, found that NH voters favor reducing penalties for marijuana possession by a 53% to 34% margin, and medical marijuana reform by a 71% to 21% margin.


QUESTION: Current New Hampshire law provides for a jail term of up to one year and a fine of up to $2,000 for simple possession of marijuana. Would you support or oppose a change in the law to provide for a $100 fine without jail time for those who possess an ounce or less of marijuana for personal use?

SUPP 53% 48% 58% 62% 44% 63% 44% 54%
OPP 34% 38% 30% 28% 40% 22% 45% 32%
UND 13% 14% 12% 10% 16% 15% 11% 14%


QUESTION: Do you support or oppose changing the law in New Hampshire to allow seriously and terminally ill patients to use and grow medical marijuana for personal use if their doctors recommend it?

SUPP 71% 65% 77% 79% 63% 87% 56% 72%
OPP 21% 24% 18% 15% 27% 9% 32% 20%
UND 8% 11% 5% 6% 10% 4% 12% 8%


Voters were interviewed by telephone April 7-8, 2008 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. The margin for error is plus or minus 4%.


Bills reducing penalties for marijuana possession passed the House in 2008 and 2010, but failed in the Senate on both occasions after Governor John Lynch threatened to wield his veto pen.

A bill legalizing medical marijuana for use by seriously ill patients passed the House and Senate in 2009, but was vetoed by Governor Lynch (details at NHCompassion.org).


Maximum jail time for first arrest for small amounts of MJ

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