The New Hampshire House Committee is supporting legislation that would annul convictions for possessing small amounts of marijuana. It would annul conviction records for those convicted before September 16, 2017 when Governor Sununu signed a decriminalization bill into law. Those with qualifying convictions would be permitted to petition the court to have that conviction or arrest annulled.
Representative Renny Cushing is the lead sponsor on the bill, according to New Hampshire Public Radio. No negative testimonies against the legislation were noted at a public hearing. The bill was endorsed following a 14-4 vote in the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.
Cushing said, “It hardly seems fair for us to penalize someone for something that now is not a criminal act.”
Cushing doesn’t know how many potential cases might qualify for the annulment process yet.