A proposal to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, and to defelonize the private cultivation of up to six cannabis plants, has been filed in New Hampshire and has been assigned to the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

If approved into law, House Bill 618 would make the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis a simple $100 ticket rather than a misdemeanor, and would reduce the penalty for cultivating up to six cannabis plants from a felony, to a misdemeanor.

A similar proposal was approved by the full House of Representatives last year with a 215 to 92 vote, though the measure never received a vote in the Senate.

According to polling released in October, 78% of New Hampshire adults favor decriminalizing cannabis.

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