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  Work To Implement NH MMJ Law Begins
Posted by CN Staff on September 26, 2013 at 15:23:12 PT
By Holly Ramer, The Associated Press  
Source: Associated Press 

medical Concord, N.H. -- A committee helping to implement the state’s new medical marijuana law started its work on Thursday by supporting two proposed changes to the law. The law, passed three months ago, will allow seriously ill patients diagnosed with cancer, Crohn’s disease and other conditions to have up to 2 ounces of marijuana obtained from dispensaries. It also created a 15-member committee to help the state write rules to implement the law and track how it works.

On Thursday, members backed two revisions that lawmakers will consider later — one regarding how much time the state will have to approve or deny applications from patient caregivers and the other regarding confidentiality of the dispensaries’ locations.

Attorney John Williams, representing the state Department of Health and Human Services, said the law specified that the state would have 15 days to act on caregiver applications but the required criminal background checks would take longer than that. He initially proposed changing the language to say applications would be approved or denied ‘‘within 15 days and the criminal history records check results,’’ but New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union executive director Devon Chaffee objected. Chaffee pointed out that that could allow the department to hang onto an application indefinitely, depending on when it sent information to state police for the criminal records check.

Williams agreed to add a provision requiring the department to submit the information to state police within five days, and the committee agreed.

The second proposed change would remove a section of the law that would keep information about the locations of possible dispensaries confidential except under limited circumstances. Most troublesome, Williams said, was a provision that said the location could be disclosed to towns and city officials provided they kept the information confidential. That would be impossible, he said, given that the zoning process is public.

The group also reviewed its responsibilities and key deadlines, including a July 2014 deadline for adopting rules for patient identification cards and a January 2015 deadline for issuing certifications to treatment centers.

Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas said the law will be implemented like a business plan for a new company.

‘‘We’re in the unique position of saying this is a blank piece of paper,’’ he said. ‘‘We have to create it from scratch.’’

Source: Associated Press (Wire)
Author: Holly Ramer, The Associated Press
Published: September 26, 2013
Copyright: 2013 The Associated Press

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Comment #2 posted by mexweed on September 27, 2013 at 13:48:12 PT:

sifting statistics
Once subjected to the sifting regimen recommended at the article, "How to Sift Herbs for Smoking Use", 2 ounces is enough for about 2000 single tokes @ 25 mg each in a single-toke utensil (one-hitter). (If interested, everyone is invited to sign in with a user name and edit, add pictures of sifters, etc. to improve that article and make it mass-understandable.)

Comparison: a typical commercial $igarette contains 700 mg net weight of shredded tobacco; a medicinal user going through 2 ounces of sifted cannabis in 100 days, 20 tokes spaced out over each day, is doing 1/28 the quantity of herb of a "pack-a-day" $igarette smoker. "More Marley, Less Monoxide!"

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Comment #1 posted by John Tyler on September 26, 2013 at 19:09:14 PT
60 percent solution
In a recent NORML poll taken in California it found 60 percent of Likely Voters Back Legalization.

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