New Hampshire Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession 

On July 18th, 2017, NH Governor Sununu signed HB 640-FN into law and it goes into effect 60 days later (September 16th, 2017).  

So what does this mean?  The following are highlights of the new law and is not a substitute for the full text of the law.

  • Possession of marijuana without a valid prescription is still illegal.
  • Possession of ¾ oz. or less of marijuana is now a violation punishable by a $100 fine for the first or second offenses, a $300 fine for a third offense within three years.  
  • A fourth offense within three years is a class B misdemeanor and punishable by up to a $2000 fine
  • Possession by  a minor (under age 18) is still illegal.  "Any person under 18 years of age who is convicted of violating paragraph II or III shall forfeit the marijuana or hashish and shall be subject to a delinquency petition under RSA 169-B:6."
  • Driving while under the influence of marijuana or any other drug prescribed or otherwise is still a crime under RSA 265-A:2.

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