While many advocates thought it would never happen, it seems that New Hampshire is on the verge of becoming the last of the New England states to decriminalize marijuana.
Earlier this week, the state House of Representatives put its seal of approval on a bill aimed at eliminating the criminal penalties associated with the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The measure originally called for anything up to an ounce to be considered a civil infraction, punishable with a small fine instead of jail time, but the Senate pushed for lower limits – setting the standard at three quarters of an ounce without the threat of criminal prosecution.
The bill is now on its way to the desk of Governor Chris Sununu for a signature. Several reports indicate that the bill has more than a fair shot at becoming law.
During his campaign, Sununu said more than once that he would support efforts to decriminalize marijuana. The governor is one of those rare Republicans that believe this modest policy change can help take some of the pressure of police resources and reduce “costly incarcerations.”
If all goes according to plan, the new law would force police officers to simply slap…