New Hampshire’s Senate Health Education and Human Services Committee has taken the state one more step towards becoming the 20th in the nation to legalize some form of medical marijuana. The committee approved House Bill 573 with a unanimous 5-0 vote. The measure has already passed the House with an overwhelming vote of 286-64. Committee
If approved , the measure would authorize qualified patients to possess up to 2 ounces of cannabis, and would establish several state-licensed dispensaries for them to obtain it from. Unfortunately, the committee removed a provision that would of allowed patients to privately cultivate a few plants. The move was made to appease the governor, who supports medical marijuana, but not a home-growing provision.
Recent polling found that 68% in the state support changing the law to allow qualified patients to legally use and possess medical cannabis, while only 26% oppose such a move.