House says medical marijuana program needs work
But the House decided Wednesday House Bill 1616 needs some more work and will study its provisions for the rest of the year.
Rep. Richard Meaney, R-Goffstown, said the bill had some “great components,” but the bill has “serious flaws” in one section.
Under the bill, a patient or caregiver in a motor vehicle needs to keep the marijuana in a locked container or be subject to a Class A misdemeanor.
Under the bill, epilepsy, lupus and Parkinson’s disease would be included as would dementia associated with Alzheimer’s.
However, the bill would restrict qualifying patients to two ounces of marijuana every 30 days instead of every 10 days as lawmaker approved last year and qualifying patients from other states would be restricted to two ounces of the drug as well.
The law allows patients or their designated caregivers to purchase up to two ounces of marijuana from four regional dispensaries.
Gov. Maggie Hassan supported a medical marijuana program as a state Senator and when she campaigned for governor in 2012.
A House bill yet to come before the House, would allow patients and their caregivers to grow their own plants, which advocates say is necessary to reduce the costs for sufferers.
While the health committee will continue to work on the bill, it will be up to the next legislature if it wants to act on the recommendations.
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