CONCORD - Rep. Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket), prime sponsor of HB1625 and Rep. Keith Murphy (R-Bedford), co-sponsor of HB1625 offered the following comments in reaction to the House of Representatives’ passage of HB1625, relative to penalties for possession of marijuana. The bill passed by a 215-92 vote.
Rep. Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket)
“This sensible bill simply brings New Hampshire’s marijuana penalties into line with the New Hampshire Constitution, which provides that ‘all penalties ought to be proportioned to the nature of the offense.’ All other New England states have replaced criminal penalties for marijuana possession with civil fines, and there’s no good reason New Hampshire shouldn’t do so as well.”
“As Republicans, we believe in using our state’s limited law enforcement resources as efficiently as possible. Fining instead of arresting marijuana users would allow police and prosecutors to focus their attention on more serious problems, such as violent crime, property crime, and the rise in abuse of dangerous drugs such as heroin.”
Rep. Keith Murphy (R-Bedford)
“There were 2,769 marijuana arrests in New Hampshire in 2010, and 2,467 of those arrests — 89% — were for simple possession. We believe that our taxpayer dollars would be better spent addressing crimes like murder, rape, and theft. Governor Hassan should explain to the people of New Hampshire why she thinks they deserve up to a year in jail for simple marijuana possession.”
“Governor Hassan’s opposition to HB 1625 shows that, once again, she is out of touch with the people of New Hampshire."