Over the past few months, lawmakers in New Hampshire have been debating whether or not to legalize medical marijuana for residents of the Granite State. The House voted 286-64 in favor of the bill on March 20, highlighting the overwhelming support the proposed legislation has received. Since then, the Senate has been working to make revisions to the bill so that it is more in line with Governor Maggie Hassan's wishes.
On May 23, multiple news outlets including Boston.com reported that the Senate voted to pass a revised version of the bill 18-6. In its current form, the legislation would allow individuals with certain health conditions to use marijuana as a form of treatment under the supervision of their doctor. Following pressure from Governor Hassan, the Senate removed a key part of the bill that would permit patients to grow the plant at home rather than relying exclusively on dispensaries.
Some advocates of medical marijuana have said that allowing home cultivation is essential, since it could take years for alternative treatment centers to be established.
At this point, the House will have a chance to either agree to the changes proposed by the Senate or attempt to ask for a compromise.
Stick with us as we continue to cover developments on the legality of marijuana within the Granite State. In the meantime, if you have been accused of any crime involving this drug, be sure you have the best legal team on your side of the courtroom. Working with an experienced New Hampshire lawyer can ensure that you don't unnecessarily suffer under the strict marijuana laws the state currently has in place.