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.