N.H. Bill Would Decriminalize Up to Half Ounce of Marijuana

Jan 26, 2016

Credit Mark via Flickr CC / https://flic.kr/p/8mdNZs

A bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana goes before a House committee Tuesday.

The proposal would make possession of up to a half ounce a civil violation with a fine of no more than $100 for a first offense.

Possession of greater amounts would remain a criminal offense.

New Hampshire is the only New England state where the possession of any amount of marijuana remains a criminal offense.

A similar bill passed the House last year, but was tabled in the Senate.

A UNH survey last year found 72 percent of Granite Staters support marijuana decriminalization.