NH House kills bill to decriminalize marijuana

03/05/09 7:04AM

The New Hampshire House has killed a bill to decriminalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, one year after a similar measure died in the state Senate.

Democratic Rep. Steven Lindsey's bill would have imposed a maximum fine of $100 on those caught with an ounce of marijuana or less. Minors would have had to complete a drug treatment program and community service, or face an additional fine of $1,000. Possession of that amount is currently a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.

The House passed a bill to decriminalize one quarter of an ounce last year. Gov. John Lynch threatened to veto it and the Senate killed it.

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