Smoking marijuana on a boat in federally patrolled waters remains illegal, in spite of the recent decriminalization of pot in New Hampshire and its legalization in Maine and Massachusetts, warned U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrew Barresi.

“The Coast Guard still enforces federal law, which has not changed,” Barresi said. “Federal law says it’s illegal, in any quantities.”

And there’s no exemption for medical marijuana, said Barresi about federal law, which supersedes state laws.

But if boaters are found with pot by members of New Hampshire or Maine Marine Patrols, they’ll enforce state laws, including newly relaxed marijuana laws in both states, which share border rivers.

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu on Tuesday signed a bill that reduces the penalty for adults’ possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana and five grams of hash, from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil violation, the equivalent of a parking ticket. The law takes effect in September.

Since Jan. 30, adult Maine residents can legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and grow as many as six flowering pot plants.

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