New Hampshire House Committee Backs Medical Marijuana

The near-perennial campaign to legalize medical use of marijuana got off to its best start ever with the 14-1 endorsement from a key House committee Thursday.

The biggest change inside a 26-page rewrite on the issue was a marketing one, dubbing it “therapeutic cannabis” at the urging of the state’s medical lobby, which remains opposed to the bill.

“I’m perfectly fine with it. I don’t care if we call it pretzels as long as it gets this in the hands of those with debilitating illness who really need it,” said Matt Simon, the state’s legislative lobbyist for the Marijuana Policy Project.

After years of being neutral on the issue, the N.H. Medical Society’s opposition to this year’s edition stunned supporters and they’re trying to alter the bill to get the doctors’ lobby to drop that position.

State Rep. Patrick Culbert, R-Pelham, gave emotional testimony to his colleagues about his wife, Judy, who succumbed to a long bout with cancer. Medication did not reduce the pain that had her vomiting at times for four years and near constantly during the last six weeks of her life, Culbert said.

“She smoked marijuana one time and she was out of pain for four days,” Culbert recalled.

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