Wednesday, March 18, 2009

NH House committee passes medical marijuana bill

From the New Hampshire House:

A House committee today recommended that the full House agree to let certain patients grow their own marijuana if their doctor recommends they use it to relieve certain medical conditions.
The so-called medical marijuana bill, House Bill 648, passed the House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee on a 13 to 7 vote after agreeing to an amendment on a 15 to 5 vote.
Among other things, the amendment restricts the number of patients one “designated caregiver” can assist to one, down from the five allowed in the original bill. It also identifies out-of-staters who qualify while in New Hampshire as “visiting qualified patients,” a status that is only good for 30 days.
Patients would be allowed to have two ounces of marijuana in their possession.
Those who support the bill said it will help patients who suffer from several conditions, including cancer, multiple sclerosis or other chronic or terminal diseases, and keep them from having to take narcotics.
Opponents said it violates federal law, which classifies marijuana as a Class 1 dangerous drug.
The bill will go to the full House during session next week.

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