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

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive 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. Just An Observer says:

      The majority has spoken! Unfortunately it was going to take a supermajority to win the day. For a silver lining, at least there is a majority of support in both houses of the NH Legislature.

      I wonder if the medpot forces will make this issue big enough to get noticed in the next gubernatorial campaign? That seat of power needs to be taken by someone on our side!

    2. Anonymous says:

      So depressing. Yes, being close to an override is progress, but America was ready for this. The East Coast has few actual havens for medical marijuana refugees. NH is a top choice for freedom in most other ways, thus it would have been ideal to relocate to. I hope NH citizens will stay on this and get it done to increase the population of freedom lovers.

    3. […] New Hampshire Senate Fails to Override Governor’s Medical Marijuana Veto On Wednesday, June 27th, the New Hampshire state Senate voted to sustain or override Governor Lynch’s veto of SB 409, which sought to allow for the personal possession, cultivation, and use of cannabis by qualified patients. The Senate vote fell shy of the required 2/3rds majority to override, so the veto was sustained. The measure had previously been approved by the House of Representatives in a veto proof 236-96 vote. The Senate had approved the bill in a 13-9 vote. While Governor Lynch’s continued opposition to congressionally approved medical marijuana […] […]

    4. TISK TISK! This is a PRIME example of this country not being a true democracy AT ALL. The people of New Hampshire have spoken as a majority and the House and Senate, representatives of said people, had voted for the people to pass it. Then, this no-talent-ass-clown comes in and veto’s it. I’m sorry but someone should slap the taste out of his mouth.

    5. Peter says:

      I love this country and our elected officials because they represent and enact the will of the people. Lol jk they’re more concerned with their own agenda.

    6. Joel: the other Joel says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Lynch is planning a Christmas trip to the Cayman Islands and make a withdraw on the extra money had made being a Governor.

    7. Iren Dee Osborne says:

      Lynch should step down early, just as any political voted-in representative should do when they forget that their position was to “Reperesent the people” not his personal view. Godd-bye Gov. Lynch and good riddens to all fallen political respresentativeso f the people. The PEOPLE WILL have the final say.

    8. jbkorn02 says:

      This man has ruined his political career. At the same time this is happening over here in Chicago our city council voted i think 38-2 in favor of only giving tickets. Chicago’s Mayor knows change is coming and he is going with it instead of fighting against it. That is what everyone wil have to do if they want to get elected again. They don’t realize how many people are coming out to vote this year just becasue of this issue. This will be my first vote at 33 and I don’t know anyone my age or younger that would vote agianst legalizing. Plus everyone I know my parents age also agree it is an unfair law.

    9. jbkorn02 says:

      His job is to represent the people who voted him in. Those people want leaglization. So now he is just not doing his job. The people should be able to call for a bote to get him out of office early.

    10. me says:

      that’s one difference between the the dems (D), and the reppies (R).

      the reppies (R) actually VOTE FOR WHAT THEIR BASE WANTS.


      DEMS. DON’T.

      they want the reppies to like them,
      they want to ‘compromise’ with the reppies.
      (that’s where ‘obamacare’ came from, an OBSESSIVE NEED to ‘compromise’ with the reppies)

      DEMS have been talking about marijuana legalization since CARTER,
      and national health care, since the ‘NEW DEAL’.
      (and there is NO serious talk about ending the whole ‘war on drugs’)