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The basics of possession, distribution and cultivation of marijuana in New Hampshire

As it stands, New Hampshire's legal doctrine on marijuana is much harsher than in the surrounding area. Though it's likely that within the next few years, penalties will be reduced thanks to rapidly changing public opinion and the front line of states that are decriminalizing and even legalizing the substance, residents of the Granite State should carefully weigh the consequences of smoking pot given the current circumstances.

When it comes to possession of marijuana, any amount (but specifically less than one ounce) is considered a Class A misdemeanor offense, which can carry a fine of up to $2,000 and a jail sentence of up to a year.

If you're carrying any amount larger than an ounce, it's likely that the police and/or prosecution will argue that you had an "intent to distribute" the drug - they can even argue this if you have less than one. Effectively, this would make you a dealer and subject to a felony charge. For your first offense, you could face 3 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. The more you possess, the harsher the penalty.

Any charge above simple possession in New Hampshire can be equally applied to anyone who "manufactures, sells, prescribes, administers, or transports or possesses with intent to sell, dispense, or compound any controlled drug," according to the law.

The highest "degree" of charge in these cases is anyone found to be in possession of more than five pounds of marijuana. These individuals could face a $500,000 fine and up to 30 years in prison.

If you have been accused of any crime involving marijuana, be sure you have the best legal team on your side of the courtroom. An experienced New Hampshire criminal attorney can argue your case and work to ensure that you don't unnecessarily suffer under this stringent legal code.

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