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  • February 20 2013

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    Medical Marijuana Picking Up Steam in New Hampshire

    New Hampshire Gov. Maggie HassanThings are looking good for a medical marijuana bill introduced in the New Hampshire legislature.

    The Concord Monitor reports:

    In advance of a hearing this week on a bill to legalize medical marijuana, a UNH-WMUR poll shows that 79 percent of New Hampshire adults support allowing doctors to recommend marijuana for patients suffering from serious illnesses. [emphasis added]

    This year’s bill, H.B. 573, is similar to a medical marijuana measure that passed last year with bipartisan support. Unfortunately, it was vetoed by then-governor John Lynch. The recent election of Gov. Maggie Hassan, however, bodes well for the future of the latest bill. According to a report from the Associated Press earlier this month:

    Four years ago when she was a state senator, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan voted to override one of the vetoes, which legalized the use of marijuana with a doctor’s prescription. She still supports tightly controlled, medicinal use of marijuana, spokesman Marc Goldberg said.

    A bill will reach Hassan, House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff of Concord believes.

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