NH House Passes Amended Version Of Medical Marijuana Bill

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April 30, 2011

New Hampshire

PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire: On April 25, New Hampshire Representatives voted 236-96 for passage of SB409. The bill includes a fiscal note, so it will be sent to a house finance committee before going back to the senate. On March 28, New Hampshire Senators voted 13-11 to approve SB409, making the New Hampshire Senate the first Republican-led state senate in the nation to pass an effective marijuana bill. Governor John Lynch pledged to veto the bill, citing concerns over proliferation.[1][2]

Supporters of the bill are trying to convince Gov. Lynch to allow the measure to become law without his signature. Representative Evalyn Merrick, who supports the bill, said, "I'm just hoping that the vote in the house today sends a strong message to the governor that the state wants this, the constituents want it, the legislators want it,"[2]

The proposed law would allow patient with "debilitating medical conditions" or their designated caretakers to possess up to 6 ounces of marijuana, six mature plants and 12 seedlings at a single, registered "cultivation location." They could also avoid penalties for possessing up to two ounces of marijuana elsewhere.[3]

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