The Law Offices of Stephen C. Brown & Associates
Free Consultations
603-841-3080

Drug charges: Small amount of pot will be decriminalized

New Hampshire is the only state in this region of the country that still provides a criminal penalty for possession of a small amount of marijuana. An offender who is hit with drug charges for marijuana can still get a stiff fine and up to one year of imprisonment on a possession of an ounce or less of pot. However, signs today point to the reversal of that policy due to the approval by both houses of the state legislature for a decriminalization bill.

Critically, the governor of New Hampshire has stated that he will sign the bill. The Senate approved a bill already approved by the House for the decriminalization of pot, which changes the criminal offense to a violation only. The bill now goes back to the House for final touches.

It appears that the Senate approved a bill that applies to possession of 3/4 of an ounce, whereas the House had approved a bill applying to one ounce or less. The bill was seen to have the practical effect of allowing law enforcement authorities to concentrate on the vastly more important issues dealing with heroin, opioids and fentanyl. These drugs are involved in a nationwide epidemic that includes increased risks of death from overdoses.

The elimination of drug charges for a small amount of marijuana in New Hampshire will bring the state into line with the policies of all of the other states in the New England region of the country. Some legislators described the change as setting up a path for legalization eventually in the state. For those who have prior convictions of a small amount that still appear as a crime on their records, it is recommended that they consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to see if a remedy exists to clean up their record.

Source: Concord, NH Patch, "Sununu Says He'll Sign Marijuana Decrim Bill", Tony Schinella, May 11, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Serious Law for Everyday People We’re here to help. Serving the community since 1991.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

direction-icon

Rochester Office
21 South Main Street
Rochester, NH 03867

Phone: 603-841-3080
Fax: 603-330-3476
Rochester Law Office Map

Manchester Office
270 Coolidge Ave.
Manchester, NH 03102

Map & Directions

Laconia Office
16 Academy Street
Laconia, NH 03246

Map & Directions

Back to Top