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Pot Decriminalization Law Goes Into Effect in New Hampshire

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    Pot Decriminalization Law Goes Into Effect in New Hampshire
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    JOHNSTOWN, NY - AUGUST 19: Cannabis plants grow in the greenhouse at Vireo Health's medical marijuana cultivation facility, August 19, 2016 in Johnstown, New York. New York state lawmakers voted to legalize marijuana for medical use in 2014 and the law took effect in January 2016. Currently, five organizations are allowed to grow and sell the drug for medical use in the state. New York's new law only allows people with 'severe debilitating or life threatening conditions' to obtain marijuana for medical use. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    A law in New Hampshire decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana goes into effect Saturday.

    The law reduces the penalty for possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana and a much smaller amount of hashish from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil violation with fines up to $300. New Hampshire joins more than 20 states, including all of New England, in easing criminal penalties on pot.

    Under the new law, police cannot arrest someone for a marijuana violation. Any money collected from the fines will go toward alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment.

    An analyst for the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project praised the law, saying there's "no good reason to continue arresting and prosecuting people for marijuana possession."

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