New Hampshire Nears Approval of Medical Marijuana 
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New Hampshire Nears Approval of Medical Marijuana 
Posted by CN Staff on June 18, 2013 at 15:01:35 PT
By Jason McLure
Source: Reuters
Littleton -- New Hampshire is set to become the final state in New England to allow medical marijuana after negotiators from the Republican-controlled Senate and Democratic-controlled House agreed Tuesday on a bill backed by Governor Maggie Hassan.The law would allow up to four marijuana dispensaries to open as soon as 2015. Patients with cancer, HIV, glaucoma and other diseases would be eligible to purchase the drug with state-issued identity cards from a physician or nurse practitioner certifying that they need it to soothe pain.
"Allowing doctors to provide relief to patients through the use of appropriately regulated and dispensed medical marijuana is the compassionate and right policy for the State of New Hampshire," Hassan, a Democrat, said in a statement.The compromise "addresses the concerns that I have heard and expressed throughout this session, and provides the level of regulation needed for the use of medical marijuana," she added.Both legislative bodies must vote on the compromise language in the coming weeks, though that is seen as a formality given Hassan's support.A provision in a version of the bill passed by the New Hampshire House that would have allowed patients to cultivate their own marijuana was stripped from the compromise bill, said Matt Simon, a New Hampshire-based legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, which supported the bill.The compromise bill also bars the use of medical marijuana for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, and limits most medical providers to treating five medical marijuana patients at any one time."It's very restrictive in limiting access to only four points of distribution," said Simon. "We may find that's not sufficient access, but it's at least a start"The move to legalize medical marijuana in New Hampshire advanced after Governor John Lynch, a Democrat, left office in January after eight years. He had repeatedly vetoed medical marijuana bills passed by the legislature. The state, known for a libertarian streak, is unusual in that such measures have repeatedly won support from large numbers of Republicans in the state's legislature.Nationwide, 19 states plus the District of Columbia have passed medical marijuana laws, according to the pro-legalization National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.Editing by Scott Malone and Leslie AdlerSource: Reuters (Wire)Author:   Jason McLurePublished: June 18, 2013Copyright: 2013 Thomson ReutersCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by afterburner on June 19, 2013 at 16:14:18 PT
This NH Bill Is an Insult to Returning Soldiers
What makes these politicians think they know more about medical treatment by cannabis than the Israeli scientists who discovered the components of cannabis? Post-traumatic stress disorder is a legitimate medical condition worthy of treatment by medical cannabis in Israel! cannabis therapy
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on June 19, 2013 at 16:04:36 PT
You lost me on that one. I don't argue. Arguing makes me tired. LOL! Our friend is getting moved to a wonderful Hospice. It has been horrible trying to get him out of an inner city dilapidated nursing home over 50 miles away. It has been hard. Dave will be missed. He was hospitalized April 22nd and Aids Dementia and PML have destroyed his brain this quickly. Here is a picture of Dave from last August.
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Comment #3 posted by kaptinemo on June 19, 2013 at 15:37:29 PT:
Meanwhile, you can buy all the booze you want
and drink yourself to death, in just about every State in the Union. While cannabis, in an of itself, is responsible for zero fatalities.Stupidity, thy name is prohibition. And laws like this show just how stupid some of our supposed 'statesmen' are for supporting it. Living proof of Plato's admonition that, if you don't participate in politics, you run the risk of being ruled by your inferiors. 
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on June 19, 2013 at 09:38:51 PT
FoM... a force no one can argue with. 
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Comment #1 posted by Paul Pot on June 19, 2013 at 03:23:00 PT:
26 States
When 26 states have medical marijuana the Federal government will be forced to change its laws. 
A majority of the people and a majority of the states is a force no-one can argue with. 
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