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Jun 5, 2015 11:40 AM

NH Senate rejects plan to decriminalize small amounts of pot

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — The yearslong effort to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana will likely have to wait another year.

The New Hampshire House overwhelmingly supports a plan to make possession of up to one half an ounce of marijuana a violation level offense rather than a misdemeanor. A bipartisan group of senators were promoting a softer plan to make possession of up to one quarter ounce of marijuana a violation on the first offense. Subsequent violations would be a misdemeanor.

But after a lengthy floor debate Thursday, senators moved to table the proposal. That means it likely won't come back until next year.

The Legislature passed a medical marijuana law in 2013, but the dispensaries are not yet up and running. The House has backed decriminalization numerous times in recent years.


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