Marijuana decriminalization bill is shot down

CONCORD — The Senate has rejected a bill that would have decriminalized possession of a small amount of marijuana in New Hampshire. The Senate voted without debate Wednesday to kill the House-passed bill that made possessing less than half an ounce of marijuana punishable by a fine in some cases. A first offense would have been a violation punishable by a $250 fine. The second would have been $500. Subsequent offenses would have been misdemeanors subject to a year of jail time and a $1,000 fine. Offenders under 21 would also have been ordered to take a drug awareness program. All offenses are currently misdemeanors punishable by up to a $2,000 fine and a year in jail. Gov. John Lynch had promised to veto the measure.

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