- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Activists took to the Statehouse steps and smoked marijuana in support of legislation decriminalizing small amounts of the drug.

The Concord Monitor reports (https://bit.ly/1DwoBg6 ) about 30 participants staged the event Monday.

Event organizer Rich Paul has been toking up for the past six years at the Statehouse at 4:20 p.m. on April 20, the unofficial pot holiday. Paul says police have never interfered with the event in Concord, but he’s been arrested for similar demonstrations in his hometown of Keene.

The legislation passed the House by a 297-67 vote. It would reduce the penalty for possessing up to a half-ounce of marijuana to a $100 fine.

The bill has been passed to the Senate Judiciary Committee for review.

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Information from: Concord Monitor, https://www.cmonitor.com

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