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Gov. Hassan backs medical marijuana bill

It looks like New Hampshire is about to join the rest of the New England states in passing a medical marijuana bill that will allow residents with certain health conditions to use the drug under the supervision of a doctor.

Following a few months of debate among the House and Senate, Governor Maggie Hassan backed the legislation, which includes key changes implemented by the Senate in order to secure her approval.

"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," Hassan said in a statement, according to Reuters.

The Boston Globe reports that individuals diagnosed with Crohn's disease, cancer, HIV and other illnesses will have the option to obtain up to two ounces of marijuana at a time from state dispensaries, so long as they have a state-issued identity card from a doctor or nurse practitioner. In order to qualify for this kind of treatment, patients will have to meet certain criteria, such as trying other treatments for their pain first and having been under the prescribing physician's care for at least 90 days.

This final version of the bill does not contain a stipulation originally proposed by the House that would have allowed patients to grow the marijuana themselves. It also no longer includes post-traumatic stress disorder on the list of qualifying ailments. Both of these changes were influenced by Hassan.

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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