Six months ago, the State Police Forensic Laboratory had a backlog of about 3,600 cases. It’s now down to 1,600, and analysts are steadily chipping away at the number of controlled drug cases.
There are a few reasons for the progress, Director Timothy Pifer says. They’ve hired two extra chemists, for one.
Another factor: Marijuana decriminalization.
New Hampshire’s state law eliminating jail time for possession of a small amount of marijuana took effect in September of 2017.