HB 526 - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 526
SPONSORS: Rep. Abramson, Rock. 37; Rep. Ankarberg, Straf. 10
COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety
This bill amends the fines for personal possession of marijuana and for possession of therapeutic cannabis by a person without possession of a registry identification card. The bill also repeals certain provisions related to drug paraphernalia.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
V. A qualifying patient or designated caregiver who is found to be in possession of cannabis outside of his or her home and is not in possession of his or her registry identification card may be subject to a fine of up to one dollar per gram but not more than $100.
I-b. It shall be unlawful for a qualifying patient or designated caregiver as defined under RSA 126-X:1 to sell cannabis to another person who is not a qualifying patient or designated caregiver. A conviction for the sale of cannabis to a person who is not a qualifying patient or designated caregiver shall not preclude or limit a prosecution or conviction of any person for sale of cannabis or any other offense defined in this chapter. Any person who violates the provisions of this paragraph shall be subject to a fine of up to one dollar per gram sold. Such fines shall be remitted to the municipality in which the sale occurred.
IV. Except as provided in RSA 126-X, any person  18 years of age or older possessing a personal-use amount of a regulated marijuana-infused product shall be guilty of a violation, and subject to the penalties provided in paragraph V. [Persons 18 years of age or older and under 21 years of age who knowingly possess marijuana-infused products shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.]
V.(a) Except as provided in this paragraph, any person 18 years of age or older [who is convicted of violating paragraph II or III, or any person 21 years of age or older who is convicted of violating paragraph IV] shall be subject to a fine of [$100 for a first or second offense under this paragraph, or a fine of up to $300 for any subsequent offense within any 3-year period; however, any person convicted based upon a complaint which alleged that the person had 3 or more prior convictions for violations of paragraph II, III or IV, or under reasonably equivalent offenses in an out-of-state jurisdiction since the effective date of this paragraph, within a 3-year period preceding the fourth offense shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor. The offender shall forfeit the marijuana, regulated marijuana-infused products, or hashish to the state. A court shall waive the fine for a single conviction within a 3-year period upon proof that person has completed a substance abuse assessment by a licensed drug and alcohol counselor within 60 days of the conviction] up to one dollar per gram within such person's possession. A person who intends to seek an assessment in lieu of the fine shall notify the court, which shall schedule the matter for review after 180 days. Should proof of completion of an assessment be filed by or before that time, the court shall vacate the fine without a hearing unless requested by a party.
I. RSA 318-B:1, X-a(e), relative to scales and balances used or intended for use or customarily intended for use in weighing or measuring controlled substances.
II. RSA 318-B:1, X-a(g), relative to separation gins and sifters used or intended for use or customarily intended for use in removing twigs and seeds from, or in otherwise cleaning or refining, marijuana.
III. RSA 318-B:1, X-a(k), relative to objects used or intended for use or customarily intended for use in ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing marijuana, cocaine, hashish, or hashish oil into the human body.
IV. RSA 318-B:2-c, VI(d), relative to arrest for failure to provide identification or other information when requested by a law enforcement officer when such officer informs the person that he or she is in possession of a certain quantity of marijuana.
|March 1, 2021||House||Hearing|
: Retained in Committee
March 1, 2021: Public Hearing: 03/01/2021 01:30 pm Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/93127871930 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day (time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened.
Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 01/06/2021 and referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety HJ 2 P. 52