With New Hampshire, all of New England has decriminalized or legalized marijuana
New Hampshire just became the 22nd state to decriminalize marijuana.
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New Hampshire just took another step in ensuring its state motto — “live free or die” — is true for marijuana.
On Tuesday, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill that decriminalized pot. Previously, simple marijuana possession was punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000. The bill eliminates the possibility of prison time for possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana, and forbids police from arresting anyone solely for low-level marijuana possession.
For anyone 18 years or older, low-level possession will now carry a civil penalty of $100 for a first offense, with increasing fines — but no prison time — for repeated offenses within three years of the first offense. The money raised from fines will go to programs that target drug addiction.
The law will take effect within 60 days.
Sununu’s signature makes New Hampshire the 22nd state to decriminalize marijuana. With it, all of New England has decriminalized or legalized pot. Here’s how the national map looks now:
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