New Hampshire’s Senate Health and Human Services Committee has approved the state’s medical marijuana bill. SB409 was approved with a vote of 5-0, with the entire committee, comprised of four Republicans and one Democrat, approving of the bill.
Now that the bill has been passed in the Committee, it will go to the full Senate for vote sometime next week.
Republican Senator Jim Forsythe, who sponsored the bill, was pleased with the results. He stated, “If a seriously ill patient and his or her doctor believe marijuana may be the best option, government should not interfere with that decision, and I’m very pleased to see unanimous agreement from this committee.”
Should SB 409 pass into law, New Hampshire patients with serious illnesses would be able to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from their doctors. They would then register with the state Department of Health and Human Services and be given ID cards that would protect them from arrest for marijuana possession or use.
The House also recently voted to pass a bill that would decriminalize marijuana in the state. The bill barely passed, only winning by one vote. Another proposed bill that would have legalized marijuana in the state was widely disapproved of and defeated.