NH is a holdout on legalizing marijuana

Jul 12, 2019
marijuana legalization

As of July 2019, a total of ten states, as well as Washington D.C., have legalized marijuana for recreational use: 

  • Massachusetts
  • Maine
  • Vermont
  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Michigan

Most of those states allow both growing marijuana at home and selling it commercially. They usually limit the amount of weed you can grow and require licenses for commercial sales, which are taxed and regulated. 

Should NH make it a criminal offense—subject to a fine, but not jail time—to display or consume any quantity of marijuana in public?

Jan 11, 2018

A bill being considered by the Legislature this year would make it a misdemeanor to consume any quantity of marijuana in public.

Current marijuana law in NH

Last year, New Hampshire decriminalized the possession of small quantities of marijuana or marijuana-infused products (less than ¾ of an ounce or its equivalent).

Learn more about marijuana decriminalization in New Hampshire.

Should NH make it easier to annul arrests and convictions for possession of 3/4 of an ounce of marijuana (or less) that occurred prior to Sept. 16, 2017?

Jan 08, 2018
marijuana possession annulment

A bill being considered by the Legislature this year would make it easier for adults to have arrests and convictions for possession of small amounts of marijuana removed from their criminal records.

Marijuana law in NH

Possession of marijuana in New Hampshire is illegal, unless medicinal marijuana has been prescribed by a physician as part of your health treatment.

Prior to Sept. 16, 2017 conviction of marijuana possession of any quantity was a felony, carrying with it the potential of jail time and/or a hefty fine, plus a criminal record.

Recreational marijuana bills back in 2018

Jan 08, 2018
recreational marijuana

Last year the New Hampshire Legislature voted to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. This year the Legislature will consider several more bills related to the legal use of marijuana in the Granite State.

More details on decriminalization

HB 1477

Prime Sponsor: Rep. Renny Cushing

Should more NH towns ban glass pipes, bongs, and other drug paraphernalia?

Dec 02, 2017
marijuana paraphernalia

In response to the state’s decision to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, some towns are taking action on the local level to keep pot out of their communities.

Learn more about marijuana policy in the Granite State.

New marijuana law in effect

Sep 18, 2017
marijuana decriminalization

New Hampshire will now treat possession of three-quarters of an ounce or less of marijuana as a violation, similar to a speeding ticket.  

The new law went into effect this weekend, making New Hampshire the 22nd state to end jail time for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

A victory for marijuana law reform

Supporters of the law argue that marijuana is not as harmful as other drugs or even alcohol, so it makes sense to lessen penalties for marijuana possession.

NH decriminalizes marijuana

Jul 19, 2017
marijuana decriminalization

Gov. Chris Sununu signed HB 640, decriminalizing the possession of three-quarters of an ounce or less of marijuana for residents over age twenty-one.  That makes possession a similar offense to a speeding ticket.

The new law takes effect in 60 days. 

Broad support for decriminalization

The Legislature included the following arguments in favor of decriminalization in the bill text:

Senate passes marijuana decriminalization

May 12, 2017
marijuana decriminalization

After rejecting several bills over the past decade, the New Hampshire Senate has voted to decriminalize marijuana.

The bill now heads to the House for final approval.  Gov. Chris Sununu said he will sign the bill.  The law would go into effect this summer. 

Supporters of marijuana decriminalization argue that marijuana is much less harmful than other drugs, so someone caught with a small amount shouldn’t face the severe consequences of a criminal conviction.

Marijuana decriminalization bill moves forward

Apr 10, 2017
marijuana decriminalization in new hampshire

On Tuesday, April 11 a Senate committee will host a public hearing on HB 640, a bill to decriminalize marijuana. 

Decriminalization would make possession of one ounce or less of marijuana a violation, similar to a speeding ticket.  Click here for more details on the issue. 

Every other state in New England has decriminalized marijuana.  That hasn’t stopped the New Hampshire Senate from voting down marijuana decriminalization every year since 2012.


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