The Northeastern state of New Hampshire may be one of the smallest in terms of both size and population, however, it’s political importance, being the first stop in the series of primary elections leading to the presidential election, make it one of influence. This means that when New Hampshire reforms it’s drug laws, the rest of the country takes notice.

A law in New Hampshire decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana goes into effect Saturday.

The law reduces the penalty for possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce (21 grams) of marijuana and a much smaller amount of hashish from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil violation with fines up to $300.

New Hampshire joins more than 20 states, including all of New England, in easing criminal penalties on cannabis.

Under the new law, police cannot arrest someone for a marijuana violation. Any money collected from the fines will go toward alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment.

An analyst for the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project praised the law, saying there’s “no good reason to continue arresting and prosecuting people for marijuana possession.”

Original post from TheCannabist