NH 19th State Allowing Medical Marijuana Use
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NH 19th State Allowing Medical Marijuana Use
Posted by CN Staff on July 23, 2013 at 14:34:53 PT
By Norma Love, The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Concord, N.H. -- Fulfilling a campaign promise, Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a law Tuesday making New Hampshire the 19th state to allow seriously ill residents to use marijuana to treat their illnesses.‘‘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, and this legislation ensures that we approach this policy in the right way with measures to prevent abuse,’’ Hassan said in a statement.
The law allows patients with cancer and other conditions to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana obtained from nonprofit dispensaries. To qualify for medical marijuana, New Hampshire residents would have to have been a patient of the prescribing doctor for at least 90 days, have tried other remedies and have exhibited certain symptoms.The law took effect with Hassan’s signature but getting the program operating could take up to two years. The bill calls for a commission to be appointed as soon as possible to implement the new system. Patients must be issued special identification cards to obtain the drug from dispensaries and possess it.‘‘This legislation is long overdue and comes as a relief to the many seriously ill patients throughout New Hampshire who will benefit from safe access to medical marijuana,’’ said Matt Simon, a New Hampshire-based legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. ‘‘Those suffering from debilitating conditions like cancer and multiple sclerosis deserve legal, safe, and reliable access to medical marijuana.’’Under the new law, up to four dispensaries can be licensed and have a maximum of 80 marijuana plants, 160 seedlings and 80 ounces of marijuana or 6 ounces per qualifying patient. They also would have a limit of three mature cannabis plants, 12 seedlings and 6 ounces for each patient who designates the dispensary as a treatment center.The compromise bill passed last month eliminated an option for patients to also grow marijuana at home.Home-grow option supporters had argued some patients need legal access to the drug more quickly and waiting for dispensaries to start operating put them through needless suffering, but Hassan said she wouldn’t sign the bill if it included those provisions.‘‘By providing strong regulatory oversight and clear dispensing guidelines, this bill addresses many of the concerns that were expressed throughout the legislative process. (The bill) legalizes the use of medical marijuana in a way that makes sense for the state of New Hampshire and gives health providers another option to help New Hampshire’s seriously ill patients,’’ the governor said.Maryland also passed a law this year that allows academic medical research centers to establish programs to dispense marijuana to sick patients. The law takes effect in the fall. A medical marijuana bill also is awaiting action by the Illinois governor. The District of Columbia also allows the drug’s use for medical purposes.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Norma Love, The Associated PressPublished:  July 23, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Associated PressCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #8 posted by museman on July 24, 2013 at 09:39:52 PT
I absolutely agree. The ruins of Detroit are an example of where the real rulers of this country have taken our "opportunity" (you know "the Land Of Opportunity")- away.Cannabis could be planted on the rooftops of every metropolis in America, and the smog/carbon monoxide/dioxide problem diminishes greatly, and people's health improves whether they partake or not.These "Rulers of Law" are really the scum of the earth, and their 'Law' is just an evil game they play, using money and other forms of material wealth as levers and goads to maneuver the politics and economies of the world into their control.The use of Cannabis does more to promote true 'law abiding' behavior than the law itself. We would be better off abandoning the corruption than continuing to try to fix it. But that would imply some real investment of energy and time. People coming together to discuss modern codes and statutes that are more appropriate and closer to reality than the Elite Republic we currently have. People taking the power and authority that we are all born with and using it instead of farming it out to all those fake 'representatives' who use it to further their own ambitions while the whole planet is being wrecked by those ambitions.Freedom and liberty comes with responsibility. Americans have unwittingly delegated that responsibility to a bunch of miscreants whose only claim to any kind of value is their money and pedigreed. We have abdicated our sovereignty for the baubles of the so called 'american dream.'The merchants who landed at plymouth rock 'traded' a handful of beads for the land (even though the natives thought it was a gift, since they didn't believe in owning the land) and what they 'trade' the people for in exchange for their liberty, and access to nature's bounty is even more worthless than the beads, yet people continue day in ,and day out to service that beast of lies. And the Rule of Law keeps them at it, or else!Cannabis is going to save the planet. As soon as we get those bogus lawyers out of power. And put their street 'enforcement' dogs to sleep.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #7 posted by cootdog_1 on July 24, 2013 at 08:48:15 PT:
Detorit should start pot farms
It seems to me that government is missing out on a great opportunity to cash in ... Like those vacant lots outside of Detroit could be pot growing for profit. New Hampshire grow its own so unions could start looking for a place to put its
part of the 350 billion drug enterprise. But no. "We are the authorities that can list all the medical reasons to use a hit
of pot". Really?So if it's OK to give pot to very sick people? Does their condition get worst? (Pot is bad so the state gives it to very
sick people?). What about Liberty for all ... If there are no victims, and one is over 21 where is the crime. Oh, its not
the way the authorities live openly, so continue to build jails for keeping taxes as high as possible?DUI kills and is legal as it gets ... plus, the State has made a record amount of profit form the sale of liquor? To call a
spade a spade is what's needed. That is to say look at every state employee and wonder what service is being
provided. The State must keep its employees working on something so why not keeping pot away from the kids.
Alcohol is OK and any death was under 'special' circumstances. "We are working to make it better".The bottom line is sad in that the State needs a reason to exists by having any excuse to ENFORCE the LAW. Well,
the pot smoking public and State workers just got one step closer to Liberty.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on July 23, 2013 at 19:10:03 PT
Sinsemilla Jones
I hope if he can it will be soon.
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Comment #5 posted by HempWorld on July 23, 2013 at 17:31:05 PT
New Hempshire?
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Go M Mama!
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Comment #4 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on July 23, 2013 at 15:34:57 PT
Seasons don't fear the reefer!
Nor do the sun, the wind, or the rain!Come on Obama, you can be like they are (like you used to be)!:)
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on July 23, 2013 at 15:25:40 PT
I hate to be an ungracious boisterous winner but..
Oh fudge, no I don't, in your face you nasty, pathological liar, Michelle Leonhart. Another ten million people disagree with you and your lame-ass testimony before congress. You'd think that she would at least make some weak pandering, nonsensical statement to try and placate the congressmen and public at large but she is not even capable of that, we see.Don't fear the reefer! 
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Comment #2 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on July 23, 2013 at 15:21:54 PT
If Illinois' Governor signs, that's 20 plus DC!
So, when the hell is the President going to order the AG to begin the process of removing cannabis from Schedule 1, as provided for in the CSA?
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on July 23, 2013 at 14:56:08 PT
#19 and counting up.
Very good to make another move forward.
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