As promised, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch has vetoed a bill which would have legalized the use and growth of medical marijuana in the state.
The bill passed both the House and the Senate with little resistance. It is anticipated that the Legislature will move forward and attempt to override Lynch’s veto next Wednesday. In order to override the Governor’s veto, the House and Senate will need to come up with a two-thirds vote in favor of passing the medical marijuana bill into law.
This is the second time Governor Lynch has vetoed medical marijuana in the state, the first time being in 2009. This time around, he vetoed the bill because he feared that an unlimited number of cultivation sites could exist within the state, making the program impossible to regulate and increasing illegal use of marijuana.
Under the proposed bill, patients with debilitating diseases would be allowed to register their growing location and possess 12 seedlings, 4 mature plants, and up to 6 ounces of marijuana. Both patients and caregivers would be allowed to grow the drug.
In addition to the medical marijuana bill, Governor Lynch also vetoed a bill which would have established a scholarship program for students to attend private, religious, or other public schools through funding from business tax credits. He also vetoed a bill which would require voters to show photo identification at the November general election, as well as a bill which limits the authority of state delegates who participate in a convention called by the states for the purpose of considering amendments to the US Constitution.