CONCORD, N.H. (Aug. 29, 2017) – On Sunday, a law expanding New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program went into effect. The new law sets the stage for people in the state to further nullify federal marijuana prohibition in effect.
Rep. Eric Schleien (R-Hillsborough) sponsored House Bill 160 (HB160). The new law adds post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for patients to receive medical marijuana. HB160 passed the House on Mar. 8 by a 302-46 vote, and then cleared the Senate on a voice vote. Gov. John Sununu signed the bill into law on Jun. 28, and it went into effect on Aug. 27.
“There’s been a lot of research on this which shows that doctors prescribe fewer opioids in states where medical cannabis is an option for pain, and those states have lower fatal overdose rates,” Rep. Schleien said in a written statement defending his successful reform.
The New Hampshire legislature passed a law legalizing medical marijuana in 2013. The Department of Health and Human Services began pre-registering patients for medical marijuana ID cards in the fall of 2015, and the first dispensary opened last April. Allowing patients who suffer from this condition to access …
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