New Hampshire’s House of Representatives and Senate have reached an agreement this morning on a proposal that would make New Hampshire the 20th medical cannabis state. The measure had previously passed both chambers, but given that the Senate passed an amended version, an agreement needed to be made by this Thursday for the proposal to become law this session. The governor has stated that she will sign the proposal.
Under the agreed proposal, patients will be legally authorized to possess up to 2 ounces of medical cannabis, which they can obtain through state-licensed dispensaries. Dispensaries will be allowed a maximum of 80 marijuana plants (including 160 seedlings) as well as 80 ounces of marijuana – they’ll be allowed to possess an additional three plants, 12 seedlings and 6 ounces for each patient who designates that particular dispensary as their primary access point.
Unfortunately the Senate version – which included the removal of individual home-cultivation by request of the governor – was the version ultimately approved. Although this is disappointing, and clearly gives advocates a reason to keep fighting, the approval of this measure is still a huge victory for the rights of patients in the state, and will positively impact the lives of thousands.