Lynch Vetoes Medical Marijuana Bill
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Lynch Vetoes Medical Marijuana Bill
Posted by CN Staff on July 10, 2009 at 08:47:18 PT
By The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Concord, N.H. -- Gov. John Lynch has vetoed a bill that would have allowed marijuana use by critically or terminally ill patients.Cancer patients, particularly, have said that marijuana is the only thing that alleviates the nausea and lack of appetite that plagues them during chemotherapy. Lynch said the bill, HB 648, has “too many defects to move forward.”
Lynch said he has “tremendous compassion” for their plight, adding “I have been open, and remain open, to allowing tightly controlled usage of marijuana for appropriate medical purposes.”But he cited “many inconsistencies and structural problems in the legislation that would greatly complicate its administration and would pose barriers to controls aimed at preventing the unauthorized use of marijuana.”Questions about landlord rights, marijuana potency and licensing distribution centers need to be settled, he said. Fees meant to make the program self-sustaining could end up so high that only wealthy patients would be able to afford to take part, he added.Lynch concluded his veto message by saying, “We cannot set a lower bar for medical marijuana than we do for other controlled substances, and we cannot implement a law that still has serious flaws.”The bill would have allowed the distribution of marijuana to certified patients at three “compassion centers” to open within two years. The centers could provide up to two ounces every 10 days to patients with cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and other ailments named in the bill.A patient’s doctor and the state Department of Health and Human Services must agree that a patient qualifies for certification. The bill was opposed by law enforcement, including Attorney General Kelly Ayotte. Lynch repeatedly stated he was concerned about keeping marijuana tightly controlled.The original version of the bill allowed certified patients to grow their own marijuana, up to six plants per patient, or to have designated caregivers grow it for them.The Legislature passed the bill by a 232-108 vote in the House and a 14-10 vote in the Senate. Lawmakers could override Lynch’s veto if they muster a two-thirds vote in each chamber. In the Senate, that would require 16 votes.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Published:  July 10, 2009 Copyright: 2009 The Associated PressCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by EAH on July 10, 2009 at 09:35:46 PT:
"Lynch repeatedly stated he was concerned about keeping marijuana tightly controlled"When will they ever realize that Prohibition ISN'T control? It's surrendering control to the black market. "Law" Enforcement then create big winners and losers while limiting supply just enough to keep prices high and very profitable
for those that don't get caught. The ones that can supply minors at will.
This governor is a fool.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on July 10, 2009 at 08:50:06 PT
No Surprise
I wonder if they will override his veto?
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