Judge: N.H. Must Issue Medical Marijuana Card To Terminal Patient

Nov 24, 2015

Linda Horan with supporters outside of Merrimack Superior Court.
Credit Casey McDermott

A judge has ruled the state can no longer stop an Alstead woman’s effort to get medical marijuana.

The legislature passed a medical marijuana law three years ago, but state-approved dispensaries are more than a year behind schedule.

Linda Horan was diagnosed with stage four terminal lung cancer this summer. Tuesday’s ruling out of Merrimack Superior Court means the state must issue Horan a registration card immediately, allowing her to access medical marijuana in Maine.

"I am very afraid of having to rely on narcotics and opiates, which I’m told when my decline begins are my only option except for therapeutic marijuana," says Horan.

The Attorney General's office said the ruling in Horan's case would have to be further examined before determining if other patients are eligible to access medical marijuana outside New Hampshire.