Friday, July 26, 2013

Left Side of the Aisle #118 - Part 4

Good news: medical marijuana comes to New Hampshire

Still more good news: On July 23, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill making New Hampshire the 19th state in the US to legalize medical marijuana.

The new law establishes a process to set up alternative treatment centers, which will dispense marijuana for qualified patients with "chronic or terminal diseases" or "debilitating medical conditions." Even though it could take several years for the program to be fully implemented, the program was still welcomed by marijuana policy reform groups.

The Marijuana Policy Project did note some shortcomings of the law. For one, it doesn't allow allow patients to grow marijuana plants in their homes, which obviously the cheapest and most convenient way to get it. Without that option, leaving only the state-recognized centers as a source, there could be a price barrier for some patients.

For another, the bill contains language that could create legal problems for patients who turn to using grass to ease their conditions before state ID cards become available.

Still, it is a real step forward. And its fair to note that among the 19 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized medical marijuana are all six states of New England.


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