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MPP - Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Passes NH House

New Hampshire House Approves Bill to Remove Criminal Penalties for Marijuana Possession

Measure with bipartisan support would replace criminal penalties and potential jail time with a civil fine of up to $100 for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana


CONCORD — The New Hampshire House of Representatives approved a bill 215-92 on Wednesday that would remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The strong bipartisan support for the bill indicates the measure could withstand a veto from Gov. Maggie Hassan, who has expressed disapproval for such legislation despite broad public support. The bill will now go to the Senate, where it will be scheduled for a public hearing.

"This is a big step toward reducing the harms caused by marijuana prohibition," said Matt Simon, the Goffstown-based New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, which is supporting the bill. "New Hampshire residents are sick and tired of seeing their tax dollars used to criminalize people for using a substance that is safer than alcohol. The Senate and Gov. Hassan should join the House and the majority of state voters in supporting this sensible reform."

HB 1625, sponsored by Rep. Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket) and a bipartisan group of seven co-sponsors including Sen. Jeff Woodburn (D-Dalton), would make possession of up to one ounce of marijuana punishable by a civil fine of up to $100. It would also make cultivation of up to six plants a Class A misdemeanor instead of a felony. Currently, possession of any amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000. New Hampshire is the only state in New England that treats simple marijuana possession as a criminal offense with the potential for jail time. 

New Hampshire spends more than $6.5 million enforcing marijuana possession laws every year, according to a report released by the ACLU last year. Marijuana arrests account for more than half of all drug offenses in the Granite State.

"Every other state in New England has ended the needless and antiquated practice of criminalizing people for marijuana possession," Simon said. "It's time for New Hampshire to join them and adopt a more sensible marijuana policy."

According to a survey conducted in January 2013 by Public Policy Polling, 62% of New Hampshire voters support replacing the state's current criminal penalties for marijuana possession with a fine of up to $100 and no jail time. Only 27% said they were opposed. The full results of the poll are available at

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have removed the threat of jail for possession of marijuana, including Colorado and Washington, where marijuana is now legal for adults 21 and older. Twelve other states are currently considering legislation to reduce marijuana penalties to only a fine.

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The Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization, has been responsible for changing most state-level marijuana laws since 2000. For more information, visit


HB1625 Sponsors Comment on Effort to Reduce Penalties for Marijuana Possession

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."


NH House Republican Policy Leader to be Featured at GOPAC Town Hall

Sanborn to Tout Conservative Ideas at New Hampshire Town Hall

Washington, D.C. – Today, GOPAC announced New Hampshire House Republican Policy Leader, Representative Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford), will be  featured at their Emerging Leaders Town Hall on March 15, 2014 during the Northeast Republican  Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire. The panel will also include state Senator Bryce Reeves (VA),  and state Representative Tony Hwang (CT). As part of GOPAC’s Emerging Leaders program, the Town Hall will promote these promising state  leaders and provide them a platform to advance the ideas and solutions they are championing.


GOPAC Chairman Frank Donatelli

“As the Republican Policy Leader in the New Hampshire House, Representative Sanborn is leading  efforts to advance ideas for more private sector jobs. She is very effective at explaining how  conservative principles can be applied to provide common sense solutions. For example, among her accomplishments is improving fairness of audits on small business by putting the burden of proof on the state Department of Revenue.”


House Republican Policy Leader Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford)


“I am honored to be selected by GOPAC and look forward to leading a Republican resurgence in New Hampshire with a focus on jobs, the economy, and small government.”


NH House Republican Alliance: Statement on universal background checks

The House Republican Alliance commented on the defeat of HB1589 a bill designed to provide universal background checks for all gun purchases.

"This bill would not have done anything to prevent criminals who have illegally obtained weapons, from committing heinous crimes.  The only people this bill would have affected are the law abiding citizens of our state; make it harder and more expensive for people to purchase self-defense.  Existing New Hampshire laws already provide for background checks." stated Rep Pamela Tucker- Greenland.

"Today was a good day for law-abiding citizen gun owners in New Hampshire, as this unnecessary and superfluous legislation was retired to the dustbin of history.  Granite Staters can rest assured that there are some legislators in Concord who care about their rights, their privacy, and their freedoms," said Rep Dan Tamburello- Londonderry.


Kathy Sullivan - My sister, Mary Heath 

 Dear Friend,

My sister, Mary Heath, is running for State Representative in the Special Election in Manchester Ward 7 on September 17. 

Mary is a lifelong Manchester resident who spent 42 years working in education.  Because of her first-hand experience, Mary knows New Hampshire must continue to invest in a quality public education for our students and keep college tuition affordable so our children have the opportunity to receive the best education possible. 

In Concord, Mary will work with Governor Maggie Hassan to continue investing in our public education system, strengthen our economy and keep Manchester and New Hampshire moving forward. 

Like she did throughout her career in public education, Mary is working hard every day during this campaign.  She is going door-to-door and talking to voters about her goals and will continue to do so for the final four weeks of this campaign. 
Help Mary today with a contribution today to ensure she is victorious on Election Day:

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