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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

NH Senate kills pot decriminalization bill

CONCORD (AP) – The Senate has rejected a bill that would have decriminalized possession of a small amount of marijuana in New Hampshire.

The Senate voted without debate Wednesday to kill the House-passed bill that made possessing under half an ounce of marijuana punishable by a fine in some cases.

A first offense would have been a violation punishable by a $250 fine. The second would have been $500. Subsequent offenses would have been misdemeanors subject to a year of jail time and a $1,000 fine. Offenders younger than 21 also would have been ordered to take a drug awareness program.

All offenses are currently misdemeanors punishable by up to a $2,000 fine and a year in jail.

Gov. John Lynch had promised to veto the measure.