New Hampshire Bill to Allow Patients and Caregivers to Grow Marijuana Approved by Committee

A New Hampshire House committee has voted in favor of legislation to allow patients or their caregiver to cultivate marijuana.

The House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee voted 13 to 8 this week to pass House Bill 1476, which was filed by Representative Robert Cushing along with over a dozen bipartisan cosponsors.

The proposal states that; “A qualifying patient shall not be subject to arrest by state or local law enforcement, prosecution or penalty under state or municipal law, or be denied any right or privilege for the therapeutic use of cannabis in accordance with this chapter, if the qualifying patient possesses or cultivates an amount of cannabis that does not exceed the following:

(a)  If the qualifying patient does not have a designated caregiver who is authorized to cultivate cannabis for him or her, for the possession or cultivation, or both, of cannabis that occurs at the cultivation location under the control of the patient reported to the department, or while transporting cannabis and cannabis plants and seedlings to a new cultivation location that has been reported to the department within the prior 21 days:

(1)  Six ounces of usable cannabis;

(2)  Any amount of unusable cannabis; and

(3)  Two mature cannabis plants and 12 seedlings, where the plants are subject to public view, including to view from another private property, without the use of optical aids, with a total canopy of no more than 50 square feet.

If more than one qualifying patient, designated caregiver, or both, share a cultivation location, the total canopy of all marijuana plants may not exceed 100 square feet at one dwelling.

The full text of House Bill 1476 can be found by clicking here.

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