New Hampshire marijuana citation data 2011-2014

Evan Anderson filed this request with the Administrative Office of the Courts of New Hampshire.

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From: Evan Anderson

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Hampshire "Access to Government Records and Meetings" Statute (RSA Ch. 91-A), I hereby request the following records:

A copy of all data related to citations for marijuana possession on the state and local levels. I am specifically seeking records from January 2011 to the date that this request is processed.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is not being made for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Evan Anderson

From: Rice, Ann

Good afternoon Mr. Anderson,
I am responding to your information request. This office does not
maintain records regarding citations for marijuana possession, except
with respect to those cases that were investigated by the AG's Drug Task
Force. We do not have possession of, or access to, records of the local
police department records or other state agencies. You may want to
direct your request to the NH Administrative Office of the Courts, which
may have data on the number of complaints filed for possession of
marijuana.

The Drug Task Force may have some records that are responsive to your
request. However, it will require that someone search each file by hand
for the years in question. That will take a minimum of 60 days. Can
you be more specific about the type of data that you are looking for?
More specifically, are you looking for a copy of the charging document
itself, the underlying investigative records, the disposition of the
charge, or other information?
There is a charge of $.20/page for records provided electronically.
I will await your response before beginning a records search.
Ann M. Rice
Deputy Attorney General
33 Capitol Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-4900
fax: (603) 223-6213
ann.rice@doj.nh.gov

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From: Evan Anderson

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Hampshire "Access to Government Records and Meetings" Statute (RSA Ch. 91-A), I hereby request the following records:

A copy of all data related to citations for marijuana possession on the state and local levels. I am specifically seeking records from January 2011 to the date that this request is processed.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is not being made for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

From: AOC

Good Morning:

We may be able to run a report seeking the information you request but we run our reports by Statute because of how cases are entered into our case management system. Do you have a statute related to possession of marijuana? The courts would only have record if the a case was entered as a charge into our system.

Thank you.
Lisa Merrill, Executive Assistant

Administrative Office of the Courts
Two Charles Doe Drive
Concord, NH 03301
603-513-5407

From: Evan Anderson

Hello,

Thank you for getting back to me. The statute that relate to possession of marijuana that I am interested is the following:

318-B:2 of the New Hampshire Criminal Code.

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you,

Evan

From: Donald D Goodnow

Hi Evan:

I have looked into your request and found that we are unable to deliver the report you seek.

Unfortunately, a report of all cases charged under RSA 318-B:2 would be both under-inclusive and over-inclusive of marijuana possession cases. That is, law enforcement officials charge marijuana possession under both RSA 318-B:2 and under RSA 318-B:26, I. A report of cases filed under one of the statutes would not give you a complete count of marijuana possession cases. The report would be over-inclusive because law enforcement officials charge other controlled drug offenses under both of the statutes mentioned above. They also charge other controlled drug offenses under other statutes.

If you take a look at RSA 318-B, you will quickly understand that the structure of that statute does not permit us to identify different types of controlled drug offenses by specific charging statute.

Don Goodnow

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