New Hampshire: Marijuana Decriminai Debated The New Hampshire House and Senate are discussing the language of a bill aimed at decriminalizing the possession of marijuana. So far, negotiators have determined the farthest they are willing to go is a proposal that reduces a ﬁrst time offense for minor possession to a low level misdemeanor. However, pot proponents argue this version of a decriminalization bill is in no way a step in the right direction because it still comes with a criminal charge. Lawmakers are now trying to determine a ﬁne to be associated with this offense. The Senate recently compromised on a measure that would charge ﬁrst time pot offenders $350, but this is expected to increase when the House and Senate come to terms on the ﬁnal plan later this week.