New Hampshire House Votes 162-161 to Decriminalize Marijuana, Battle Not Over Yet

 by lucy

The New Hampshire House voted today to pass a bill to decriminalize an individual’s first 2 marijuana possessions under .5 ounces.  The bill barely passed, with a vote of 162 to 161.

The bill passed thanks in part to Republican Speaker Bill O’Brien, who abstained from voting, which allowed the bill to get a winning number of approving votes.

Article: NH House Votes on Marijuana Decriminalization

There was an additional bill being presented which would have legalized and regulated marijuana.  This bill was overwhelmingly voted against, being defeated with a vote of 228 against the bill to only 89 in favor.

The decriminalization bill would punish first offenses of possession of up to .5 ounces with a $250 fine.  Second offenses would be subject to a $500 fine.  Subsequent offenses would be considered misdemeanors, punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail.

Now that the bill has been passed it will go to the Senate.  Should the Senate pass the bill, Governor John Lynch has promised to veto the measure.  He explained through a spokesman, “Marijuana is a controlled drug that remains illegal under federal law.  New Hampshire parents are working to keep their kids away from marijuana and other drugs.  We should not make the jobs of parents – or law enforcement – harder by sending a false message that some marijuana use is acceptable.”




6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    ensignharry said on Mar 8, 2012

    A step in the right direction although people will still go to jail for no sane reason

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    dallas said on Mar 9, 2012

    This is like plugging a dam with bubble gum.

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    shayan4040 said on Mar 10, 2012

    I hate the excuse of “we’re doing it for the children”…. if they where so worried about their children,Then they should focus on their OWN children and not mine or the nations’. These are the same people that give they children meth to help them focus.I tired of these interest groups hold up their children to push their agenda.

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    slowwevo said on Mar 10, 2012

    Even though countless studies show children are less likely to use it in places where med laws are inforced,but hey lets not look at the facts,f’n greyhairs…sadly the only agenda being pushed here is

    BIG PHARMA…sad

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    slowwevo said on Mar 10, 2012

    and sadly even if this does pass,they are still way behind other conservative based states..i would however like to see a reclassification or removal all together from the controlled substance act list


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    HeadHunter said on Mar 13, 2012

    I’m with slowwevo on this one. I can’t fucking stand when people site that something is illegal because its against the law its just rediculous, and circular logic. If the parents would start doing the parenting maybe kids wouldn’t turn out to be little shit heads. I’m handing out a great big Fuck You to first of all Harry Anslinger, and secondly to Richard Nixon, and thirdly Nancy Reagan, fourthly to governor John Lynch for really phoning it in ya pussy.

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