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May 11, 2016 6:31 PM

Decriminalization of marijuana in NH takes step forward but still likely to fail

CONCORD - The decriminalization of a small amount of marijuana took a step toward reality in New Hampshire on Wednesday.

The NH House approved the bill by a vote of 289 to 58. The issue now heads back to the senate where it once again is likely to fail.

"The optics aren’t very good at all for passing any legislation that reduces punishment for possession of any drug, whether it’s marijuana, cocaine, it doesn’t matter to a lot of legislators this year, and particularly to this governor running for the U.S. Senate. It’s a topic they don’t want to talk about," NH1 Chief Political Correspondent Kevin Landrigan said.

The senate originally rejected the bill, but house members amended the bill in order to keep the issue alive. New Hampshire remains the only New England state where possession of even a small amount of marijuana is a crime.

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