Senate OKs medical pot, with plenty of restrictions
Under New Hampshire's newly passed medical marijuana bill, patients would buy their marijuana at four regional dispensaries.
The Senate voted 18-6 Thursday to approve House Bill 573, which establishes a medical marijuana program for New Hampshire patients who are both chronically ill and exhibit certain symptoms, and who have had the same physician for more than three months.
Sen. John Reagan, R-Deerfield, said Maine has had medical marijuana for 14 years and has not had any problems.
With the home-grow provision striped from the bill, supporters said it no longer addresses people needing immediate help with pain and suffering.
While many supporters balked at Hassan’s requests, they said it is important to pass a medical marijuana bill this session.
Under the bill, a person who qualifies for the program must have both a debilitating disease such as cancer, glaucoma, AIDS or hepatitis C, and conditions such as significant weight loss, severe pain or wasting syndrome.
And the Senate version requires medical marijuana patients who are renters to receive their landlord’s written permission to use the drug on their premises or a relative’s permission if they are visiting, and also their employers’ permission.
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