Get ready, New Hampshire. You might be the next beneficiary of yet another medical marijuana bill.
The Senate sat down Wednesday to vote for the cannabis bill for the state of New Hampshire. The official tally of votes was 284-66, in favor of approving the proposed legislation to sell marijuana for medical purposes. Gov. Maggie Hassan was reportedly interested in this new version of the bill, and has declared her intention to sign it, according to a news release.
The state is projected to house four marijuana dispensaries where a patient can procure a maximum of 2 ounces of pot to treat a wide variety of diseases and disorders. Each dispensary will have limitations in terms of the number of cannabis plants on stock.
Meanwhile, patients are considered qualified to purchase medical marijuana if all of the following conditions have been satisfied: (1) a prescription was provided by a doctor who is handling the patient’s care for a minimum of 90 days, (2) other types of medication have been tried but contraindications or adverse effects were experienced by the patient, and (3) the patient is a resident of New Hampshire.
The newly minted law contains revisions, particularly the removal of the option for home growing of marijuana. Gov. Hassan initially nixed the original version of the legislation, but gave her approval after the provision on pot home-growing was eliminated.
A similar bill for medical cannabis was approved by the Illinois Senate, but state governor Pat Quinn has yet to sign the legislation.