As the nation continues to loosen its laws against marijuana, New Hampshire steadfastly seeks to prosecute those possessing and selling cannabis. It is one of several states yet unwilling to decriminalize marijuana.
Despite this unwillingness, two bills introduced to the House of Representatives seek to change the state’s recreational marijuana laws. Medical cannabis is already legal for those with a physician’s recommendation. According to the Marijuana Policy Project, those in support of decriminalization will likely face many challenges in making cannabis legal for recreational purposes.
Current consequences for marijuana convictions
Unfortunately, many Salem residents do not realize that marijuana remains illegal in the state. The following section contains data about the penalties commonly handed down upon conviction for cannabis-related crimes:
- Possessing any amount of cannabis is a misdemeanor punishable by fines reaching $2,000 and up to a year in jail.
- Trafficking or selling less than an ounce of marijuana may result in a three-year jail term and a $25,000 fine.
- Selling or trafficking between one ounce and five pounds of cannabis may lead to seven years of jail time and fines reaching $100,000.
- Trafficking or selling more than five pounds of marijuana could result in a prison sentence reaching 20 years and fines of $300,000.
- Subsequent convictions for cannabis offenses mean even harsher consequences.
When marijuana crimes occur within 1,000 feet of a school zone, you can expect courts to double your penalties. A conviction for cannabis-related offenses can change your life in ways that are hard to imagine. You could lose valuable personal relationships along with your freedom. Most defendants also struggle to find work and homes after the completion of their sentences.
Where do you turn after an arrest related to marijuana?
Although it may seem hopeless, you can achieve a favorable outcome after your arrest. Criminal defense attorneys understand how to create effective strategies to protect you from the harshest consequences. From improper arrests to lack of evidence, it is never a bad idea to explore the defense options at your disposal.