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New Hampshire: Committee rejects marijuana legalization bill

A bill that would legalize marijuana in New Hampshire has been rejected by a House committee.

The Concord Monitor reports the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Tuesday voted not to recommend the bill to the House. Under the measure, people 21 and older would have been able to buy recreational pot from licensed businesses that were taxed by the state.

Opponents of the bill argued legalization in the state would conflict with federal law. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration classifies marijuana as an illegal Schedule 1 controlled substance.


New Hampshire committee takes first steps towards marijuana legalization

A bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state of New Hampshire has cleared the first bar towards becoming a reality, writes Joseph Misulonas.


N.H.'s marijuana decriminalization law now in effect, but do people know pot's still illegal?

A new state law loosening the penalties on marijuana possession officially took effect this weekend. Police departments around the state are worried some residents may not fully understand what the change means.

Under the new law, people found with three-fourths of an ounce of marijuana will now face a $100 fine rather than jail time. But if they refuse to identity themselves, they can still be arrested.

The head of the state’s Association of Police Chiefs, Andrew Shagoury, wants to make sure people understand that marijuana is still illegal in New Hampshire.


Pot Decriminalization Law Goes Into Effect in New Hampshire

A law in New Hampshire decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana goes into effect Saturday.

The law reduces the penalty for possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce (21 grams) of marijuana and a much smaller amount of hashish from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil violation with fines up to $300. New Hampshire joins more than 20 states, including all of New England, in easing criminal penalties on pot.

Under the new law, police cannot arrest someone for a marijuana violation. Any money collected from the fines will go toward alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment.


New Hampshire Is Suing Big Pharma While Making Strides Towards Recreational Cannabis

New Hampshire may not be getting the recognition it deserves from the cannabis community. Last month the granite state decriminalized personal amounts of marijuana. The decision to pursue decriminalization came after multiple attempts from the public and the state senate to pass a recreational cannabis bill, that bill did pass in the house but then governor Maggie Hassan threatened to veto the bill, ultimately killing it. The state does have a limited medical marijuana program, it was recently expanded to include PTSD conditions for veterans to receive cannabis treatment.


Coast guard says few people know pot laws on land differ from laws on water

Smoking marijuana on a boat in federally patrolled waters remains illegal, in spite of the recent decriminalization of pot in New Hampshire and its legalization in Maine and Massachusetts, warned U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrew Barresi.

“The Coast Guard still enforces federal law, which has not changed,” Barresi said. “Federal law says it’s illegal, in any quantities.”

And there’s no exemption for medical marijuana, said Barresi about federal law, which supersedes state laws.

But if boaters are found with pot by members of New Hampshire or Maine Marine Patrols, they’ll enforce state laws, including newly relaxed marijuana laws in both states, which share border rivers.


Across New England, lawmakers move toward legalizing marijuana

Lawmakers in Vermont yesterday stopped short on a bill that would have legalized possession and sale of Marijuana. Meanwhile, in New Hampshire, a bill to decriminalize pot possession is headed to Governor Sununu, who says he’ll sign it.

And in Massachusetts, where recreational use of marijuana was approved by voters in November, lawmakers are pushing to raise taxes on marijuana and tighten regulations, for instance by requiring background checks for workers in the industry.

Matt Simon, New England Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project, joined NHPR’s Peter Biello to discuss this current moment in marijuana policy.

NHPR's Peter Biello speaks with Matt Simon about the state of regional pot policy.


NEPS enters the legal cannabis labeling market with GreenSun

NEPS, a leading technology solutions provider, announces the release of GreenSun, a suite of software tools designed to enhance and simplify lab, plant and product labeling for the Medical and Recreational Cannabis industry. Grow operations, labs and dispensaries can now produce high quality, dynamic color labels on demand with GreenSun. Leveraging barcode and RFID technology, GreenSun provides compliance and control throughout the process lifecycle. Tracking and auditing is simplified from plants to patients, enabling boundary control and chain of custody handling for sensitive materials and processing areas.


New Hampshire legislature decriminalizes marijuana possession, sends pro-pot bill to governor's desk

New Hampshire is slated to decriminalize marijuana possession within a matter of months after the state House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday reducing penalties for individuals caught with small amounts of pot.

The state House passed the decriminalization measure by a voice vote Thursday sans debate, sending the bill to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk to be signed into law.

Mr. Sununu, a Republican, said earlier this month that he plans to approve the measure, House Bill 640, and applauded the state legislature for passing what he called “common sense marijuana reform.”


New Hampshire House Approves Multiple Marijuana-Related Bills

New Hampshire is the only state left in the New England area to not have marijuana decriminalization laws on the books already, but a bill that was introduced – and just approved by the House – would make the current criminal misdemeanor a civil violation in the future. Similar bills have been introduced in the past, but none have ever made it out of legislature. However, the future of this bill might be brighter, considering the recent legalization of cannabis in nearby Maine and Massachusetts.


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