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New Hampshire Likely to Decriminalize Marijuana This Summer

A bill that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in New Hampshire is expected to be signed by Gov. Chris Sununu. It will make the Granite State the very last in New England to do so.

“I know New Hampshire is late compared to other states, but we finally did the right thing,” said New Hampshire House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff.

For the first time in the state’s history, a bill decriminalizing three quarters of an ounce of marijuana has now passed the New Hampshire House and Senate.

“I think it was time for New Hampshire to do it,” said Concord resident Naomi Fitzgibbons.

The governor is expected to sign the bill, which would make possessing a small amount of marijuana a violation instead of a crime, removing any possibility of jail time for violators.

“I spent my working career in law enforcement,” Shurtleff said in a Friday interview. “I hate to see anyone end up with a criminal conviction because they had a couple joints on them.” [Read more at NECN]

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