New Hampshire soon could join 18 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing seriously ill people to use marijuana in their medical treatment.
The state Senate voted 18-6 Thursday to pass a bill legalizing marijuana use and possession by patients with conditions such as Crohn’s disease and cancer. The bill now goes back to the House, which is expected to ask to negotiate a compromise.
Senators bowed to Gov. Maggie Hassan‘s wishes and eliminated the option for patients to grow the drug at home as well as obtain it at a dispensary. The House bill provides both options. Supporters of the home-grow option argue it is crucial to ensure immediate access for terminally ill patients.
Hassan, who supported both options when she was in the Senate, now says she won’t sign a medical marijuana bill with a home-grow provision, citing concerns about the state’s ability to regulate such operations.
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