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Severely disabled man asks Gov. Hassan to reconsider letting patients grow their own marijuana

Recently, lawmakers have voted in support of a bill that aims to establish a medical marijuana program in the Granite State, and now it is up to Governor Maggie Hassan to determine whether or not it becomes a law.

The bill proposes allowing patients to obtain the drug from a state-regulated alternative treatment center or grow as many as three cannabis plants on their own, however, sources report that Hassan has asked a Senate committee to remove the latter provision.

In reaction to this, 28-year-old Clayton Holton, who has muscular dystrophy and has been using marijuana to treat his condition, wrote an opinion piece in the Union Leader asking Hassan to reconsider allowing home cultivation.

Holton points out that it will be years until the alternative treatment centers are up and running, and explains that he and other severely disabled individuals likely won't live long enough to benefit from them. With this in mind, he says that it's important for patients to be able to grow their own plants.

"My weight has dropped to 66 pounds, my condition is worsening and I have already had too many bad experiences buying and using marijuana from the illegal market," writes Holton. "Governor Hassan should reconsider this awful decision. I am not a criminal, and it's insane that a person in my situation should have to break the law in order to obtain medical marijuana."

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.

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