New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan has officially signed legislation into law making her state one of 19 throughout the nation to allow the use of marijuana for medicinal dedications.
Lawmakers in both legislative houses overwhelmingly approved the proposed legislation back in June; it was just a matter of waiting for Governor Hassan, who said she would sign the bill, to exercise her pen-wielding hand to finalize the bill’s treacherous journey through the gauntlet of legislative scrutiny.
“Allowing doctors to provide relief to patients through the use of appropriately regulated and dispensed medical marijuana is the compassionate and right policy for the state of New Hampshire, and this legislation ensures that we approach this policy in the right way with measures to prevent abuse,” Hassan reportedly declared in a statement.
The bill states that those patients that are suffering with a “chronic or terminal disease” or “debilitating medical conditions” may register for the program. Once qualified, registered patients would then be permitted to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, which they would have to obtain from a nonprofit marijuana dispensary.
Initially the bill allowed for patients to cultivate the plant in the privacy of their own homes, but political pressure mounted on Governor Hassan to have the measure rewritten to exclude home cultivation.
The law will allow for the licensing of up to four marijuana dispensaries in the state, each of which will be permitted to cultivate a maximum of eighty marijuana plants and possess eighty ounces of marijuana, which calculates out to be approximately six ounces per registered patient.
Editorial note: This article was originally published on The 420 Times on July 26, 2013
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We have one here in Michigan, but local politicians have done everything that they can to put the kibosh on it. Not only that, but the Feds can still raid legal dispensaries and seize all the weed.
Wish it were that simple, Rob. But I hear you, I wouldn't mind moving to, say, Oregon or Washington state for a number of reasons. For now I'm pushing for reform where I live, speaking out for reasonable change.
So move. We are not all corrupted by wall&broad ya know...ever smell real soil or see the whole sky look powered at night....? Every night???
Legalize it entirely, this drug war is a symptom of past generations retardation, the same one that ran this debt through the roof.
If you want a drug to be legal then regulate it just as you would heart medicine or any other drug. Home grown and self diagnosed illness does not qualify in my world. Too many Police Officers have died as a result of illegal drugs.
Yes, I fully support such a bill. Marijuana is misclassified by the federal authorities making it illegal to use. The prohibition of its use by patients suffering from illnesses and seizures creates an underground market and makes criminals where there is no criminal intent. It addition federal law interferes with state sovereignty and restricts interstate and foreign commerce. If marijuana is sold as a recreation drug, tax it. If it is sold as a prescription medicine, it should be exempt from tax like all other prescription medicines.
i fully support it. their is so much evidence that proves that it helps with a wide range of problems and illnesses.
Yup it makes no sense to be legal to get drunk but you can't smoke pot for medicinal purposes!! Take my wife's wine away and there would be he'll to pay!!!! LOL!!
I'm curious to see how the medical marijuana community will interact with those who favor legalization for recreational purposes. Medical marijuana used to be at the forefront of legalization, but now that a couple states have legalized it for broader use, I wonder if that will remain the case or not.
Four dispensaries in the entire state? I guess that's a perk of being a medical, patient in New Hampshire: you don't have to travel far, period.
Yeah, you have to remember that New Hampshire is not that big of a state and its population is not that high. So, 4 dispensaries may be an appropriate number for the state.
I spent three years living in Concord, NH at a private boarding school...can't wait to see how the towns with licensed dispensaries react to the process and if the conservative faction of NH's beautifully purple populace will make any noise. What's most exciting is thinking of the subsequent economic blossoming that will happen when a town is inundated with patients from a quarter of the state. NH is small in comparison to CA, but if San Diego only had one dispensary, it would be packed.