Civil Liberties

N.H. Jury Nullification Case Seen as Boost to Pot Legalization

If the public won't convict defendants, there's no reason to have prohibition on the books


Some lawmakers who support liberalizing the state's marijuana laws say the recent acquittal of a Barnstead man who grew marijuana in his back yard for personal and religious use will advance their cause.

State Rep. Timothy Comerford, R-Fremont, cosponsored a bill to legalize and tax marijuana that the House killed earlier this year. He also voted for a decriminalization bill that passed the House by one vote but failed in the Senate.