Newsbrief: Marijuana Bills Filed -- Medical Marijuana in New Jersey, Decriminalization in New Hampshire 1/21/05

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New Hampshire and New Jersey were first out of the gate with marijuana bills this year. With two states having passed medical marijuana laws through the legislative process so far, Hawaii in 2001 and Vermont last year, New Jersey could become the third state where legislators heed the will of the voters on this issue. And in New Hampshire, whose motto is "Live Free or Die," legislators have introduced a bill removing criminal penalties for marijuana.

In the Garden State, Sen. Nicholas Scutari formally introduced the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (S. 2200) on January 11, spurred by the efforts of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana­New Jersey.

In the Granite State, Rep. Timothy Robertson (D-Cheshire) has introduced House Bill 0197, which removes marijuana possession and use offenses from the criminal code, removes marijuana trafficking from the state's definition of organized crime, and, for good measure, strikes from state law language criminalizing "separation gins and sifters for cleaning or refining marijuana." No word yet on hearings for the bill.

Click here to read the New Jersey medical marijuana bill online -- search on S2200 -- and click here to read the New Hampshire decrim bill online.

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