Medical Marijuana Passes New Hampshire Senate

by dave on March 30, 2012

A medical marijuana bill has passed in the New Hampshire state Senate, but still has a long way to go before becoming law in the granite state, with the Governor signaling he would veto the law if passed.

The bill would allow patients with specific conditions to possession grow or cultivate 6 plants or 12 marijuana seedlings, and possess up to 6 ounces of marijuana for medical use. Governor Lynch has concerns about the amount of marijuana allowed, and the few restrictions on the distribution abilities. Other opponents are concerned about for-profit medical marijuana dispensaries potentially becoming common depending on how the law is written, as has happened in California, where legal medical marijuana dispensaries and growers have become a significant industry, selling to medical marijuana card holders statewide.

Supporters in New Hampshire cite the state’s interest in restricting limitations that the government should be able to place on free citizens to choose their own medical solutions.

Sixteen states have medical marijuana laws on the books, with different level of restrictions and access for approved patients.

Supporters are confident that some form of a bill will pass this year, and hope to assemble a veto-proof majority, or find compromises that will assuage the concerns of the governor and other current opponents.  The next step in the process is the NH Heath and Human service committee meetings in April and May.

via mpp.

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