A legislative committee in New Hampshire has given approval to two bills that would expand the state’s medical marijuana law.
The House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee voted 12 to 6 to add chronic pain as a condition that qualifies someone to legally use marijuana for medical purposes. The committee also voted to add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition, though the vote was considerably closer; 9 to 8.
The current list of qualifying medical cannabis conditions in New Hampshire includes:
- HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) / AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome)
- hepatitis C
- ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
- muscular dystrophy
- Crohn’s diseasee,
- Alzheimer’s disease
- multiple sclerosis,
- chronic pancreatitis
- a spinal cord injury or disease
- a traumatic brain injury
- ulcerative colitis and also
- one or more injuries that significantly interferes with a patient’s daily activities as documented by the patient’s licensed medical practitioner.
Unfortunately the committee rejected adding opioid addiction, fibromyalgia and myelitis disorder as medical marijuana conditions.
The proposals to add chronic pain and PTSD to the state’s medical cannabis program now move towards a vote in the full House of Representatives.