CONCORD, NH – The House Committee on Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs is will hold a hearing today on a bill that would allow patients with serious illnesses to obtain and use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.
The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. EST in Rooms 205-207 of the Legislative Office Building (33 N. State St.).
A coalition of over a dozen state lawmakers are backing the legislation, House Bill 573, for the physician authorized use and cultivation of marijuana by qualified patients.
Under the bill introduced by State Rep. Donna Schlachman (D-Exeter), patients with certain debilitating medical conditions would be able to grow up to four marijuana plants in their homes or obtain marijuana through one of five state-licensed alternative treatment centers.
Gov. Maggie Hassan has expressed support for passing medical marijuana legislation. A similar medical marijuana bill that passed with bipartisan support last session was vetoed by then-Gov. John Lynch.
According to The Concord Monitor newspaper, “the next (medical marijuana) bill is likely to become law.”
A University of New Hampshire statewide telephone poll of 581 adults revealed that 79 percent of New Hampshire residents favor allowing doctors to authorize specified amounts of marijuana for patients suffering from serious illnesses.