New Hampshire Lawmakers Send Medical Marijuana Legalization Measure To Governor’s Desk

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director June 6, 2012

    Less than one week after Connecticut became the 17th state to legalize the therapeutic use of cannabis, lawmakers in the New Hampshire House and Senate late today affirmed their support for legislation to allow for the personal possession, cultivation, and use of the plant for medicinal purposes.

    This afternoon, House lawmakers on a voice vote reaffirmed their prior support for Senate Bill 409, which they had previously approved last month by a veto-proof super-majority. Members of the Senate then approved the measure by a vote of 13-9 — a gain of two ‘yes’ votes since the Senate had previously acted on the bill in March. (A cosponsor of the bill, Senator John Gallus, R-Berlin, was not present for today’s vote.)

    The bill now goes to Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, who has previously voiced his opposition to the measure. In 2009, Gov. Lynch vetoed a separate medical marijuana measure. An effort to override Lynch’s veto that year was successful in the House but fell just shy in the Senate of the necessary two-thirds majority support.

    If Gov. Lynch vetoes this year’s legislation, proponents will need at least two additional ‘yes’ votes in the Senate to pass SB 409 into law.

    In a press release issued by the Marijuana Policy Project, Senator Jim Forsythe (R-Strafford), the bill’s prime sponsor, vowed to continue working to gain the two additional Senate votes necessary if a veto override is needed. “Most senators now agree we have a moral obligation to protect seriously ill patients from being arrested in our state,” he stated.

    If you reside in New Hampshire, you can contact Gov. Lynch on behalf of the measure here.

    NORML will continue to update you on the progress of SB 409 via our ‘Take Action Center’ here.

    22 Responses to “New Hampshire Lawmakers Send Medical Marijuana Legalization Measure To Governor’s Desk”

    1. Devon says:

      How can we get our policymakers at the federal level to engage in productive dialogue about marijuana law reform? They seem adept at ignoring the growing number of people who support a safer and pragmatic approach to cannabis regulation, and federal regulatory agencies quash the efforts of states who’s citizens have made it clear that they want a safe, legal way of obtaining marijuana for medical purpose. It’s a frustrating and seemingly-unanswerable question, but for how much longer can the growing plurality of us be ignored in this country of ours?

    2. chris says:

      I am suffering from brain cancer, the medication sucks and makes me ill, its hard to get through the day, i reap the benefits of a medication i can regulate in my own body, my doctors support me. It is a miracle in the difference i feel. Come on law maker’s in NH help us that are sick to have a better quality of life and show mercy on us. To all who oppose the use of medical marijuana, i hope you never have to deal with an illness that would benefit from the use of a safe drug to increase the quality of your life, you are in my prayers. The people of the great Granite State want it, we that are sick want it and need it. We have a live free or die motto, we need a quality of life motto before we die. Come on and use some common sense. You may or may not be sick but show compassion for us that are and stop prosecuting us for wanting to just feel better

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