New governor gives hope to New Hampshire’s coming debate on marijuana

By Samantha Kimmey
Sunday, February 10, 2013 18:22 EDT
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On the heels of successful marijuana referendums in Colorado, Washington state and Massachusetts, New Hampshire will soon debate whether to change its own laws on the drug.

The AP reported that a state House committee “is holding hearings Thursday on three bills to decriminalize marijuana,” one of which proposes licensing and taxing the sale of the drug.

Another AP article also discusses a medical marijuana bill that would create “up to five alternative treatment centers to dispense marijuana to patients as well as allow patients to grow small amounts for personal use.”

After Massachussetts became the 18th state to legalize medical marijuana in November, New Hampshire became the only New England state that prohibits medical use of marijuana, according to the Marijuana Policy Project. While lawmakers approved such a measure in 2012, former Gov. John Lynch vetoed it.

But in November, voters elected Democrat Maggie Hassan as the state’s new governor.

A spokesperson told the AP that she supports medical marijuana under tight regulations.

Public Policy Polling, a Democratic polling organization, found in January that 53 percent of New Hampshire voters supported regulating marijuana like alcohol, while two thirds supported legalizing medical use, reported The Daily Chronic.

[Image: Medical marijuana via Shutterstock]

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