The rest of New England now allows use of marijuana for certain health conditions. And with a Governor-elect saying she’s open to the idea here….supporters are feeling hopeful. But opponents still have many concerns, among them: that medical marijuana would be hard to control, encouraging use by those who aren’t even sick.
Gov. John Lynch has made no secret of his opposition to medical marijuana in the state. He says Senate Bill 409 poses health dangers to patients, lacks oversight and could lead to more pot in the hands of minors.
The House and Senate reached agreement today on a medical marijuana bill.
This final version would allow patients with a doctor’s prescription to possess up to six ounces of marijuana. Medicinal use would only be granted to people with debilitating conditions or terminal diseases.
Senator James Forsythe, a Republican from Strafford, believes the bill is designed to ensure public safety.
The New Hampshire House has ignored a veto promise and passed a bill to legalize home cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes.
Wednesday's House vote sends the bill back to the Senate to review changes.
The Senate-passed bill would allow patients with debilitating medical conditions or the patient's designated caretaker to cultivate and possess up to six ounces of marijuana, four mature plants and 12 seedlings at a registered location.