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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. Ken Bukowski says:

      It’s great we’re moving forward with legalization. But the fed’s have now adopted the policy of asset seizure of any real property associated with the distrbution or sale of marijuana. That makes it impossible for any lawful facility exist, if they have the power to take the land.

    2. Ryan says:

      With the snowball effect, the federal government is also realizing that they are getting stretched way to thin as it is. If they look at these state laws, and believe that they can still push prohibition politics and get reelected, they are finding out that they jumped on the wrong side of the fence.

      Recently an EIGHT (8) TERM INCUMBENT getting removed from office because he thought he could simply run an ad protecting kids by using the current laws.

      Not only did he never read any of the science that was posted to him I am sure numerous times, but he also doesn’t understand the idea of how the black market works.

      Certain people with an older appearance forget the importance of what the WeID or equiv. program can have on underage abuse of tobacco, alcohol, etc. I think this is something that NORML could team up with some vendors for some good results.

      While I don’t know much about New Hampshire politics, it is still a step in the right direction regardless. We down in Alabama had legislation that was stalled in committee this past year. The BIPARTISAN BILL is already prefiled, so regardless of where you live… DO NOT think that my state will be last.

    3. skunkyfingers says:

      A Republican doing the right thing. WOW!!! There may be hope yet!!! Vote this douche bag Democrat out of office next term. Put an X on his forehead and remember him standing against common sense. Someone who stands against common sense, has no sense. No matter what party they represent—–if they stand against medical marijuana—-vote them out of office at every level, from State to City and County.

    4. skunkyfingers says:

      The Domino effect has begun!!!!! GOOOOOOO New Hampshire and God Bless Republican Senator Jim Forsythe for leading this fight. When Praise is due, then let it be given. My hats off to Jim.

    5. Douglas says:

      It funny how The ( R ) Hates the feds but love them for there law’s they want pass

    6. Buda-potrol says:

      Fingers crossed for Massachusetts medical marijuana bill to pass in November! – All these states complain about not having enough money – Marijuana Tax, if it is legal, it will be cheaper for the public, who is going to get it regardless – so tax it!

    7. […] New Hampshire Lawmakers Send Medical Marijuana Legalization Measure To Governor’s Desk 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 […] […]

    8. Maine supports you go NH!

    9. Chad says:

      People keep calling in, this is important, and keep showing support to you’re senators New Hampshire, you’re state is part of the missing key in our shift of perception.

    10. Way to go, Conn. and meanwhile back in California we find a guy who makes his living off of selling fertilizer and soil used exclusively for growing marijuna easily sweeping to victory .Way to go, Rex !

      Rex Bohn, a raw materials locator for FoxFarm Soil and Fertilizer Company, appeared to have swept the race for the 1st District Humboldt County supervisor seat Tuesday night, garnering 63.82 percent of the vote in preliminary results, with former Wiyot Tribe Chairwoman Cheryl Seidner following at 28.73 percent and retired teacher Annette De Modena coming in third at 7.08 percent.

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