Two weeks ago, the New Hampshire House passed SB 409, and yesterday, the Senate committees agreed on its terms and language. But with Gov. John Lynch promising that he'll veto the bill, is New Hampshire headed for a showdown?
Lynch says that he is concerned for the lack of control over marijuana distribution in the bill, according to Boston.com. The bill, SB 409, allows for patients and caregivers to cultivate marijuana in a registered location, and possess up to six ounces of marijuana, four mature plants and 12 seedlings.
Patients and caregivers would be in a database, cultivation sites would be registered and disclosed, and medical use of marijuana would be permitted as "an affirmative defense in any prosecution of an offense involving marijuana," according to the bill's text.
Penalties would also be in place for violation of the program. Sale of marijuana by a cardholding patient to an individual who is not a cardholder, for example, would be considered a class B felony.
According to New Hampshire Public Radio, supporters of the bill feel that the penalties and regulations will appeal to lawmakers. And so far, the bill has gained favor with both Democrats and Republicans alike.
The New Hampshire Students for Sensible Drug Policy held a candlelight vigil with other advocates outside of the Statehouse last week to show support for the bill. Their aim was to show Gov. Lynch that the bill has the support of the people as well.
It remains to be seen as to whether Lynch will soften his stance and pass the SB 409.
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