CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill to decriminalize marijuana possession under one-half ounce is flying high into the House with an endorsement by the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

First offenses would be violations punishable by a $250 fine and the second would be $500. Subsequent offenses would be subject to a year of jail time and a $1,000 fine. Offenders under 21 could also be ordered to take a drug awareness program.

Possession of that amount is currently a misdemeanor punishable by a $2,000 fine and up to a year in jail.

Fourteen other states have decriminalized marijuana, according to the National Organization for the reform of Marijuana Laws, including Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut.

The committee recommended the House kill another bill to legalize marijuana use and purchase by adults.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Comments (4)
  1. Sarah Forbes says:

    Awesome. The war on drugs has been a failure. Billions of dollars spent, tens of thousands incarcerated for no other reason, and an explosion of drug gangs in Mexico.

    1. Jarred says:

      The War on drugs has only been a failure in the U.S. Mexican cartels are making a killing off of it. Literally. Maybe in 20 years when its legal in all states, people will stop losing so many fingers south of the border.

  2. gramps says:

    ‘Legalize Industrial Hemp’……

    “It’s a ‘Green Crop'”!

    just do it!


  3. Mike says:

    Bogus, the reason they want to decriminalize is to circumvent the legalization effort. This way they can still arrest you and everyone still makes money off of the stoners. Lawyers, police, full justice system, mexican cartels, dealers, medical marijuana gang, private prisons ….. Legalize it and that whole parisitic system has to find other ways to make money. Ways that don’t burden the taxpayer.

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