Do you support legislation that would reduce the penalty for a first-time drug offense to a misdemeanor?

Jan 13, 2018

In 2018, New Hampshire lawmakers will consider HB 1678, a bill that would reduce the penalty for first-offense drug possession charges to a misdemeanor. In the case of repeat offenders, the sentencing court may decide whether to sentence them to a misdemeanor or a felony.

Do you support legislation that would send parole violators who are drug addicts into rehab instead of back to jail?

Dec 18, 2017
parole and drug rehab

A bill currently being considered by the NH Legislature, HB 143, would give the adult parole board the option of suspending the jail sentence of someone who violated their parole, if he or she “enters and successfully completes a residential or intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment program deemed acceptable by the board.”

Current policy on parole violations

Currently, there is a standard minimum jail sentence of 90 days for violating parole. The parole board is allowed to make an exception to that rule under certain circumstances:

Needle exchange bill now law

Jun 19, 2017
heroin needle

On Friday, June 16 Gov. Chris Sununu signed SB 234 into law, allowing needle exchanges in New Hampshire. 

SB 234 allows community health organizations to collect needles with trace amounts of drugs and dispense clean needles, without any state funding involved.

Such needle exchange programs aim to decrease the spread of HIV and hepatitis C among drug users. They also provide an opportunity to share information with drug users about treatment options.

Marijuana decriminalization bill moves to the Senate

Apr 01, 2017
marijuana decriminalization

A bill to decriminalize possession of small quantities of marijuana by adults aged 21 or older has passed the New Hampshire House.

The bill, HB 640, would reduce possession of one ounce or less of marijuana or five grams or less of hashish to a violation, similar to a speeding ticket. Fines would range from $100 for a first offense to $350 for multiple offenses, and the drugs in question would be confiscated.

Recreational marijuana bills move forward in the House

Feb 28, 2017

The status of recreational marijuana use in New Hampshire looks more likely to change, with two House committees ruling in favor of a pair of bills to study and possibly decriminalize the drug.

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