New Hampshire Senate Fails to Override Governor’s Medical Marijuana Veto

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director June 27, 2012

    Members of the New Hampshire state Senate this morning failed to override Governor John Lynch’s veto of SB 409, which sought to allow for the personal possession, cultivation, and use of cannabis by qualified patients. The Senate voted 13 to 10 to override the Governor’s veto. However, 16 total ‘yes’ votes were necessary to achieve the two-thirds Senate majority necessary to enact SB 409 into law.

    Although House members had overwhelmingly backed SB 409, Senate support for the measure had consistently been more evenly split, with Senate members having previously voted 13-9 in favor of the bill. According to a MPP news release, two Democratic Senators, Lou D’Allesandro and Sylvia Larsen, reversed their prior ‘yes’ votes on the bill and decided to uphold the veto of Gov. Lynch, who is also a Democrat.

    In 2009, Gov. Lynch vetoed a separate medicinal cannabis law. That year, members of the Senate also fell just shy of the votes necessary to override him.

    While today’s outcome is disappointing, the future nonetheless looks bright for the passage medical cannabis legalization in New Hampshire. Lynch, a four-term governor, recently announced that he would not be seeking re-election in 2012. Hopefully, New Hampshire’s next Governor will listen to the will of its people and to the majority of state lawmakers and sign medical marijuana legalization into law. If so, the Granite State will soon join fellow New England states Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont — all of which now allow for the possession and use of cannabis as a medicine.

    27 Responses to “New Hampshire Senate Fails to Override Governor’s Medical Marijuana Veto”

    1. David762 says:

      The prohibitionist stance of a vast majority of the politicians from both the |D| & |R| parties in Congress is clearly a measure of the extent to which they are bought-and-paid-for tools of the monopolistic kleptocratic globalists.

      This same tyrannical authoritarian stance can also be seen in their support for the national security surveillance police state. Constitution? Pft! Bill of Rights? Pft! Our politicians don’t need to worry about their jobs — they passed the HAVA in 2002 (Help America Vote (Our Way) Act), which replaced actual voters with easily hacked electronic voting machines.

      New Hampshire has many admirable qualities, such as their stance on other rights & freedoms, their participatory democracy, and even their state slogan “Live Free Or Die”. This veto over the will of the People illustrates just how deep the rabbit hole goes regarding political corruption.

      I sense a storm coming, another revolution rustling in the wind. Universally applied voter recall referendums may be the only way to avert violence. Let’s throw these bums out of office. They are supposed to be working for We The People, not crony corporate interests.

    2. Justin says:

      A sad day for all of New Hampshire. Live free or die my ass. This Lynch guy is a tool and I can’t wait to see him out of office.

    3. Biff Clinton says:

      Check this guys political donors probably big Pharma and the Prison/Police State Industrial Complex. O well he is not running for reelection go crawl back into your cave Lynch the Stone Age man.

    4. Dr. Greensleeves says:

      Really disappointed. Oh well… New Hampshire will just have to be the oddball of the northeast. Seeing as VT, Maine, CT, Mass, and RI are all way ahead of NH when it comes to changing marijuana laws. New Hampshire is clearly in the stone age.

    5. […] New Hampshire Fails to Override MMJ Veto. SB 409 sought to allow for the personal possession, cultivation, and use of cannabis by qualified patients and was vetoed by Governor John Lynch. While the House largely supported the bill, Senate was more torn and failed to achieve the 2/3 vote needed to override the veto. The veto garnered 13 or the required 16 votes. Read more… […]

    6. Freedom says:

      It’s hard to swallow when a Democrat fails to listen to his constituents and legalize cannabis especially considering the ‘War on Marijuana’ was republican Nixon’s way to arrest all the anti-War Democrats during the ’60s.

    7. Brian says:

      I personally think lynch should be lynched if he is not going to give in to the will of the people. By lynched I do not mean literally. Thank God he won’t be running again.

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