Strong majority support marijuana decriminalization - 448 participants

Mar 07, 2015

On March 11, the NH House passed HB 618, a bill that would reduce the penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana to a violation, and make the cultivation of six or less marijuana plants a misdemeanor. Instead of potential jail time, offenders would now be subject to fines of up to $500, with slightly stricter penalties for people under the age of 18. On March 7, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH decriminalize the possession of a half-ounce or less of marijuana?”

Should NH decriminalize the possession of a half-ounce or less of marijuana?

Marijuana Decriminalization NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 448 participants gave 1,822 responses.

A total of 50% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 50% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 448 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 1,822 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

Yes: A strong majority, at 88% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of decriminalizing marijuana

  • “I'd rather see our law enforcement working on the heroin epidemic than arresting and jailing people that got caught smoking a joint.”
  • “[The bill would] keep a lot of people's record clean and NH makes some money.”
  • “We need to put criminals in prison not recreational drug users.”

No:  The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 12%, were opposed to marijuana decriminalization.   

  • “I don't want it around my family.”
  • “I truly believe it should be a felony for anyone to possess marijuana. It's a gateway drug and is not good for NH.”

Other: As noted above, 50% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included 30% of respondents who called for full marijuana legalization.:  

  • "Make it legal and make money on the tax instead of spending money to stop it."
  • "If someone wants to smoke some pot they should be free to do it."

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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