Local and State Laws Governing the Unlawful Possession, Use, or Distribution of Alcohol and Other Drugs
Persons convicted of controlled drug possession under state or federal law are ineligible for federal student grants and loans for up to one year after the first conviction, five years after the second; the penalty for distributing drugs is loss of benefits for five years after the first conviction, 10 years after the second, and permanently after the third.
Under federal law, distribution of controlled drugs in or within 1,000 feet of a college or school to persons under age 21 is punishable by twice the normal penalty with a mandatory one year in prison; a third conviction is punishable by mandatory life imprisonment. Federal law sets greatly heightened prison sentences for the manufacture and distribution of controlled drugs if death or serious injury results from use of the substance.
City of Keene
The consumption of any alcoholic beverage as defined in RSA 175 is hereby prohibited upon any City-owned land or pubic way, or in any City park, cemetery or conservation land, except as follows:
- In the designated family picnic areas Wheelock Park and the Camping Area at Wheelock Park by groups of 10 or fewer persons with a special permit.
- In the designated family picnic areas in Wheelock Park and the Camping Area at Wheelock Park by groups of 11 or more by written permission from the Director of Parks and Recreation, which permission shall only be given to a responsible representative of such group, which representative will be held responsible for the cleanup of the area used by it and the general decorum of the group, its members, and guests.
State of New Hampshire Alcohol Policy
- Any person under the age of 21 years who has in his/her possession any liquor or alcoholic beverage shall be guilty of a violation.
- No person shall sell or give away any liquor or beverage to a person under the age of 21 years or to a person under the influence of liquor.
- A person who falsely represents his/her age for the purpose of procuring liquor or beverages and who procures such liquor or beverages shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
- Any person under the age of 21 years driving a vehicle and having liquor or beverage in any form in any part of the vehicle may have his/her license suspended or his/her right to drive denied for three months.
- No person shall drive or attempt to drive a vehicle while he/she is under the influence of intoxicating liquoror any controlled drug or while there is .08percent or more by weight of alcohol in his/her blood.
- Aggravated driving while intoxicated – roughly driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or controlled drug at a speed of more than 30 miles per hour in excess of the speed limit or where there is 20/100 percent or more by weight of alcohol in the blood or while attempting to elude pursuit by a law enforcement officer is a misdemeanor.
(Roughly, all stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogenics excluding alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, and laetrile.)
- Any person who drives a vehicle while knowingly having in his/her possession or in any part of the vehicle a controlled drug shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
- It is unlawful for any person to possess or have under his/her control any quantity of a narcotic (Class A Felony) or controlled drug other than a narcotic (misdemeanor).
- It is unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell, dispense, any controlled drug (Class A Felony) or narcotic drug (misdemeanor).
- It is unlawful for any person to possess or have under his/her control any cannabis-type drug. A person in control or possession of one pound or more of a cannabis type drug is guilty of a Class B Felony.
- A person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor who controls any premises or vehicle where he/she knows a controlled drug is illegally kept or deposited.
- A person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor who possesses with the intent to deliver any drug paraphernalia (widely defined as anything used or intended for use in planting, growing, manufacturing, preparing, storing, or introducing a controlled substance into the human body).
The following are sanctions applicable by the State of New Hampshire:
Class A Felony: Maximum penalty = $2,000 fine and 7 to 15 years imprisonment
Class B Felony: Maximum penalty = $2,000 fine and 1 to 7 years imprisonment
Misdemeanor: Maximum penalty = $1,000 fine and not more than 1 year imprisonment
Violation: Does not constitute a crime and no imprisonment may be imposed. Maximum penalty = $500.