New Hampshire Committee Approves Bill to Protect Medical Marijuana Patients’ Data From Federal Agencies

Legislation to protect medical marijuana patients from the release of information to federal agencies has been passed by New Hampshire’s House Judiciary Committee.

The committee voted 13 to 5 to pass the tripartisan measure (House Bill 1672) which was introduced by Representative Caleb Dyer (L), and is cosponsored by Representatives Dan Hynes (R), Timothy Josephson (D), James McConnell (R) and Joseph Stallcop (L).

The proposal would make it so that; “Requests by federal authorities for any information relative to users of therapeutic cannabis contained in the registry shall require a search warrant issued by a judge based on probable cause.” The full text of the 1-page bill can be found by clicking here.

If the measure is passed into law – which would require it to be passed by the full House of Representatives and Senate, and not vetoed by Governor Chris Sununu – it would take effect January 1, 2019.

In New Hampshire the medical use of marijuana has been legal since 2013, with the first dispensary opening in 2016. Last month the state’s full House of Representatives approved a bill to legalize marijuana for all uses, though the measure has so far stalled in the Senate.

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