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House Committee will discuss proposal to allow patients with debilitating medical conditions to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes

The New Hampshire House Committee on Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs will hold a hearing Thursday on a bill that would allow patients with serious illnesses to obtain and use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. EST in Rooms 205-207 of the Legislative Office Building (33 N. State St., Concord, N.H.).

Rep. Donna Schlachman says both dispensaries and home growing should be allowed to allow patients safe access to medical marijuana [Roger H. Goun/Flickr]
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Rep. Donna Schlachman says both dispensaries and home growing should be allowed to allow patients safe access to medical marijuana
[Roger H. Goun/Flickr]

Under H.B. 573, introduced by State Rep. Donna Schlachman (D-Exeter), patients with certain debilitating medical conditions would be able to grow up to four marijuana plants in their homes or obtain marijuana through one of five state-licensed alternative treatment centers.

According to a new poll, 79 percent of New Hampshire adults support allowing doctors to recommend marijuana for patients suffering from serious illnesses. Just 14 percent said they were opposed to medical marijuana.

“There is an exceptional amount of support for allowing patients suffering from serious illnesses to use medical marijuana in the treatment of their conditions,” said Matt Simon, a New Hampshire-based legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “Very rarely do we see any proposed policy enjoy such overwhelming public support.”

“Marijuana been proven to be an effective treatment for a number of medical conditions and associated symptoms,” Simon said. “Seriously ill New Hampshire citizens who would benefit from medical marijuana should not – and in some cases cannot – wait any longer for the right to improve the quality of their lives.”

Governor Maggie Hassan has expressed support for passing medical marijuana legislation. A similar medical marijuana bill that passed with bipartisan support last session was vetoed by then-Governor John Lynch.

WHAT: Hearing on H.B. 573, which would allow seriously ill patients to obtain and use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 10 a.m. EST

WHERE: Legislative Office Building, Rooms 205-207, 33 N. State St., Concord

WHO: House Committee on Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs

 

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