On Wednesday New Hampshire’s full House of Representatives passed House Bill 476, a measure to add epilepsy, lupus, Parkinson’s disease and dementia to the list of conditions that qualify an individual to become a legal medical cannabis patient.
Under New Hampshire’s current medical cannabis law, an individual must have both a debilitating disease such as cancer, glaucoma or AIDS, and conditions such as significant weight loss, severe pain or wasting syndrome, to qualify as a medical cannabis patient. A similar proposal was discussed last year, but died in the House after Governor Maggie Hassan threatened to veto it.
House Bill 476 now heads to the state’s Senate.
House Bill 593, which would allow qualifying patients or their caregivers to grow their own plants, is also being discussed in the House.