NH News
3:07 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Medical Marijuana Advocates Unhappy With Slow Implementation Of N.H. Law

Wednesday marks one year since New Hampshire became the final New England state to legalize medical marijuana.

Outside the State House in Concord today patient advocates marked the anniversary by saying the state is moving too slowly in making it legal to actually possess it. 

Matt Simon with the Marijuana Policy Project gathered with prospective patients in front of the State House on Tuesday to outline their complaints.

"We want to see a sense of urgency from the Governor's Office. It would be a good start if Governor Hassan would encourage these departments to move forward and to protect patients rather than delay this process indefinitely."

New Hampshire's law allows for up to four dispensaries, but patients will not be able to register for ID cards until they are open sometime next year.

Governor Maggie Hassan signed the bill into law, but opposed a provision that would have allowed patients to grow their own.

A spokesman for Hassan says she understands the urgency patients are feeling, and says state agencies are moving as quickly as possible.