NH's New Governor Open to Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Sunday, 25 Nov 2012 11:50 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
New Hampshire’s new governor, who is open to legalizing medical marijuana, may lead to the state joining the rest of New England in legalizing the drug.

Democratic governor-elect Maggie Hassan spoke in favor of medical marijuana legislation while running for governor, and her spokesman, Marc Goldberg, said Hassan still remains open to backing such legislation.

Matt Simon, a legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, told the New Hampshire Union Leader his group is optimistic about passing the law in 2013, and a new bill is expected to be filed this week in the statehouse.

"I think the bill will at least propose patients be allowed to cultivate for themselves or (buy from) dispensaries that are state-licensed," Simon said. "It will be up to the Legislature to go one way or another or both."

Goldberg said Hassan will support a measure if it’s appropriately regulated and has controlled and limited dispensing.

New Hampshire legislators this year approved a medical marijuana bill, but Democrat Gov. John Lynch vetoed it and the Senate fell three votes short of overriding the veto.

However, Simon said Democratic gains in the legislature will add to a strong majority of people who favor the issue.

Nearly 20 states now allow for medical marijuana, including Massachusetts, where voters this month approved the issue. Massachusetts is also the 15th state that allows home cultivation, which Simon points out will save a patient thousands of dollars over the course of a disease.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

California Man Survives Avalanche on Mount Everest

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 16:07 PM

California man says he feels lucky that he survived an avalanche that killed at least 13 people on Mount Everest. Kenwoo . . .

Carriage Horse Foes Picket Liam Neeson's NYC Home

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 14:11 PM

Animal rights activists protesting outside Liam Neeson's home say they don't agree with him that New York's carriage hor . . .

Documents Detail Another Delayed GM Recall

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 13:59 PM

Government documents show that General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failu . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved