Another Legalization Push for New Hampshire

medical-marijuana-new-hampshireNew Hampshire’s House is due to vote this week on a bill that would legalize possession of not more than 2 ounces of marijuana for treating certain medical conditions.

Just to jog your memories, two years ago now Governor John Lynch vetoed the medical marijuana bill passed by the New Hampshire Legislature. Despite a vote by the House to pass the bill over the veto, it fell short by just two votes in the Senate.

Of course, the political landscape today is vastly different to two years ago as both chambers of the House are now controlled by the Republican Party – not a good starting point, really; having said that, there was strong Republican support for the 2009 bill.

The Bill, HB441, is sponsored by Democrat Representative Evalyn Merrick and was heard on March 1st by the House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee. They have yet to take their position.

Under HB441, patients suffering from medical condtions such as AIDS, HIV, Glaucoma, Hepatitis C, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Crohn’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Multiple Sclerosis, would be eligible to obtain up to 2oz of medical marijuana from a state-regulated dispensary.


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