Key Provisions of HB 1648, New Hampshire's 2020 Bill to Legalize Cannabis for Adults 21 and Older
Sponsor: Rep. Carol McGuire (R-Epsom)
Cosponsors: Sen. Martha Hennessey (D-Hanover), Sen. John Reagan (R-Deerfield), Rep. Renny Cushing (D-Hampton), Rep. Hershel Nunez (R-Pelham), Rep. Casey Conley (D-Dover), Rep. Jerry Knirk (D-Freedom), Rep. Rebecca McWilliams (D-Concord)
Adults 21 and older could possess up to ¾ of an ounce of cannabis, five grams of hashish, and up to 300 mg of cannabis-infused products (currently a violation punishable by a civil fine).
Adults 21 and older could cultivate up to six plants (including up to three mature ones) at home in a secure location that is not visible from other properties. They could also possess and process the cannabis produced from their plants at the same location.
Adults could give cannabis to other adults, provided it was no more than ¾ of an ounce of cannabis, five grams of hashish, up to 300 mg of cannabis-infused products, and/or three immature plants.
Consuming cannabis in public would be punishable by a $100 fine. (This is only for adults, as possession is already illegal for minors.)
Violating the restrictions on cultivation (such as if cultivation is visible to the public) would be a violation punishable by a fine of up to $750.
Dangerous, volatile extraction would be a Class A misdemeanor.
Adults could possess, make, and sell (to other adults) cannabis accessories.
Penalties for minors would remain unchanged.
Differences from the Current Decriminalization Framework:
Adults 21 and older would no longer be penalized for possessing or producing cannabis. Under current law, possession of up to ¾ of an ounce is punishable by a $100 civil fine for a first offense, with the fine increasing for third or subsequent offenses. Cultivation typically carries up to a year in jail under existing law.
Adults could produce their own cannabis-infused products. Under New Hampshire’s decriminalization law, the civil fine only applies to cannabis-infused products purchased in a state where they are legal.
NOTE: HB 1648 is essentially the same bill as HB 656 (2017-2018), as amended and approved by the House on January 9, 2018, but with a few minor updates. For example, “marijuana” is changed to “cannabis” throughou