Marijuana Possession in New Hampshire
Whether you call it marijuana, cannabis, pot, ganja, weed, chronic, bud, hydro or reefer, in New Hampshire it’s illegal.
Although lawmakers in New Hampshire have decriminalize the use of marijuana, possession is still illegal in NH. This means, for now, it is illegal to possess pot in the Granite State.
You don’t have to be a drug kingpin to land in hot water. Being in possession of the smallest amount of marijuana can lead to fines and penalties. New Hampshire has recently decriminalized marijuana so there is no prison time or criminal record for first-time possession.
what are new hampshire's marijuana laws?
Despite recent changes in the law, Marijuana is not legal in New Hampshire, regardless of the quantity you possess. The sole exception is legally acquired medical marijuana.
- Possession is no longer a criminal offense. Instead, it's a violation, like a speeding ticket. You will probably receive a $100 fine.
The fine may be waived for your first offense if you complete a substance abuse assessment within 60 days of conviction.
- You cannot be arrested for simple possession unless you refuse to identify yourself or are breaking another NH law.
- If you're under the age of 18, you may be taken into custody and may go to juvenile court.
- Multiple possession convictions within a three-year period can lead to criminal charges, and a substantial fine.
However, serious criminal penalties, including jail time, still apply to possession of larger quantities of marijuana, growing marijuana, or to getting caught selling the drug.
How is decriminalization different from medicinal marijuana?
New Hampshire’s medicinal marijuana law, which was passed in 2013, legalizes the use of cannabis for certain prescribed medical purposes.
- Those using marijuana for legal medicinal purposes must have a qualifying condition, such as cancer, glaucoma, or HIV.
- Medicinal marijuana users must apply for a DHHS-issued ID card and can only acquire the drug from a licensed dispensary.
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