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NH House votes to decriminalize marijuana

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By LYNNE TUOHY
Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire House has voted to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana - making it a violation punishable by a fine only.

The House passed the measure 215-92 on a bipartisan vote. The bill now goes to the Republican-controlled Senate.

The House has passed similar measures each of the past five years.

Newmarket Republican Adam Schroadter says New Hampshire is the last New England state that still criminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Currently, possession of up to an ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and of fine of up to $2,000.

Under the bill passed Wednesday, the maximum fine would be $100.

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