The yearslong effort to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana will likely have to wait another year.
The New Hampshire House overwhelmingly supports a plan to make possession of up to one half an ounce of marijuana a violation level offense rather than a misdemeanor. A bipartisan group of senators were promoting a softer plan to make possession of up to one quarter ounce of marijuana a violation on the first offense. Subsequent violations would be a misdemeanor.
But after a lengthy floor debate Thursday, senators moved to table the proposal. That means it likely won't come back until next year.
The Legislature passed a medical marijuana law in 2013, but the dispensaries are not yet up and running. The House has backed decriminalization numerous times in recent years.