Strong majority favor marijuana decriminalization – 1,098 participants

Apr 01, 2017

HB 640 would decriminalize possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, making it a violation, similar to a speeding ticket. Read more about this issue. On April 1, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Would you support the decriminalization—but not legalization—of marijuana in New Hampshire?”

“Would you support the decriminalization—but not legalization—of marijuana in New Hampshire?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Marijuana Decriminalization New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 1,098 participants gave 1,685 responses

A total of 89% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 11% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 1,098 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 1,685 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

What Participants Said:

Yes: A strong majority, at 83% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of the decriminalization of marijuana. 

  • “Yes. It's a good start, but it should be legalized, distributed like alcohol, and taxed.”
  • “People shouldn't have a mark on their record forever over pot. Also there are too many positive uses for the plant and evidence of medical benefits to ignore. It's time to decriminalize it!”
  • “I support decriminalization as a first step towards legalization… We need to stop imprisoning our youth and citizens for smoking this harmless herb. It ruins lives when people are caught with a small bag. It is unacceptable.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 17%, were opposed to the decriminalization of marijuana.   

  • “I'd like legalized, not just decriminalized. Every state around us is going to be legal except the ‘Live Free or Die’ state.”
  • “Sorry, lawmakers: the majority of the people you supposedly stand for want more than just decriminalization.  We want legalization.”
  • “Will decriminalizing allow me to grow my own herb? If not, then I vote full legalization… Stop the corruption and control.”

Other: As noted above, 11% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Legislative prospects: “I don’t see NH legalizing weed. They make too much money off prosecuting.”
  • Alcohol policy: “Take the real gateway drug, booze, off the highways.”
  • Clarification: “What’s the difference between decriminalization and legalization?”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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HB 640 (2017)
Bill Status: Signed by Governor
Hearing date: Apr 11, 2017

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