New Hampshire Psilocybin Bill Pending

On January 5, 2023 the New Hampshire House of Representatives Republican state Rep. Kevin Verville introduced The measure, HB328 which would legalize the possession and use by adults of psychedelics such as LSD and psilocybin, the primary psychoactive compound in magic mushrooms. After it being tabled back in 2022.

 

According to the bill, “possession or use of a hallucinogenic drug by a person 21 years of age or older shall not be an offense. The text of the measure also states that the legislation also reduces the penalties for the possession and manufacturing of lysergic acid, the psychedelic drug commonly known as acid. The bill also modifies the state penalties for the sale, manufacture, or possession with intent to sell LSD and PCP for adults.

 

The proposed bill wants to change how people are disciplined for making, selling, or planning to sell LSD and PCP. If it becomes a law, only people under 21 years old would be penalized for these activities. However, it’s hard to know how much money this change would save, According to a analysis there is “no method to determine how many fewer charges would be brought because of the changes contained in this bill to determine the fiscal impact on expenditures.

 

The state judicial branch “assumes there would be fewer criminal cases filed in the courts,” the analysis says. And the state Justice Department has indicated that “it would not be involved in prosecutions or investigations related to this bill and any appeals would be handled within the current budget.”.” The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee is currently reviewing the bill.