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NH House and Senate to reach compromise on medical marijuana bill

Over the past several months, lawmakers in New Hampshire have been working to establish a medical marijuana program within the state to appease both advocates and opponents. The House voted 286-64 in favor of a bill that would enable individuals with certain illnesses to use marijuana as prescribed by their doctor. Since then, the Senate has been drafting a revised version of the legislation designed to meet some of Governor Maggie Hassan's demands.

The Senate proposed some key changes -- one, in particular, would make it illegal for patients to grow their own marijuana, instead requiring them to purchase it from state dispensaries. Supporters of the homegrown option argue that it could take years for the dispensaries to become operational, which would mean that terminally ill individuals may not ever get a chance to benefit from medicinal marijuana at all.

"Let the patients grow their three plants," said Hardy Macia, a former candidate for Congress who addressed Hassan in a video last month from his hospital bed where he is undergoing treatment for cancer. "It's not going to affect the market share of marijuana on the market here in New Hampshire because people can get it regardless. Think about the people, think about the patients, ignore the police unions. You really need to do this for the state."

The Associated Press reports that the House and Senate have until Thursday, June 20, to reach 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 enlist the services of an experienced New Hampshire lawyer to defend you in a court of law.

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