The New Hampshire Home of Representatives voted on Wednesday to overturn Republican Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a bill that would enable for the household cultivation of cannabis by health-related marijuana sufferers. The measure, HB 364, will now head to the Senate immediately after the Home voted 259 to 120 to override the veto.
Earlier this year, the Senate authorized HB 364 by a margin of 14 to 10. Two extra votes will be required in the Senate to override the veto by the essential two-thirds majority. The Senate is anticipated to vote on the veto on Thursday.
All household cannabis cultivation is at the moment a felony beneath New Hampshire law. Below HB 364, registered health-related marijuana sufferers and caregivers would be permitted to possess up to 3 mature cannabis plants, 3 immature plants, and 12 seedlings. The bipartisan and bicameral measure was sponsored by Democratic Rep. Renny Cushing and Republican Sen. John Reagan.
In the governor’s veto message, Sununu stated that permitting household cultivation of cannabis would place a burden on law enforcement agencies in the state and compromise regulations to protect against the diversion of health-related marijuana to the illegal industry.
Activists Contact on Senate to Stick to Suit
Matt Simon, the New England political director for cannabis reform advocacy group the Marijuana Policy Project stated in a press release that overriding the governor’s veto of HB 364 will support assure that health-related marijuana sufferers can access their medicine affordably.
“It’s encouraging to see the Home vote so strongly in favor of HB 364. This bill is essential for sufferers who are effectively working with cannabis to remain off opioids, but are unable to afford the higher-priced solutions that are readily available from dispensaries,” Simon stated. “Sadly, 10 senators voted against HB 364 earlier this year, placing the preferences of a couple of police chiefs ahead of the demands of sufferers and their households.”
The Marijuana Policy Project noted in its release that two polls have shown that 68 % of New Hampshire’s residents assistance legal health-related marijuana and that all 3 states that border New Hampshire have currently legalized household cultivation for sufferers, caregivers, and adults 21 and older.
“Residents of the ‘Live Totally free or Die’ State overwhelmingly assistance cannabis policy reforms, so it is clear that any senator who opposes this easy step forward is extremely out of touch with their constituents,” he stated. “Patients, caregivers, and their advocates will be watching the Senate vote closely and hoping that prevalent sense and compassion will ultimately prevail.”
New Hampshire legalized the medicinal use of marijuana in 2013. As of the finish of final year, a lot more than 7,000 residents had registered as sufferers in the state system. Presently, sufferers are only permitted to acquire medicinal cannabis at a single of 4 licensed dispensaries, top numerous to say that the expense and travel involved make it challenging to access their medicine.