New Hampshire: House Members Pass Medical Cannabis Measure By Veto-Proof Majority

Concord, NH: Members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 236 to 96 last week in favor of legislation that would allow for the personal cultivation and use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes. The veto-proof majority approval came following renewed veto threats by Democrat Gov. John Lynch, who previously rejected a separate, more restrictive medical marijuana measure in 2009.

As passed by the House, Senate Bill 409 allows qualified patients to possess up to four cannabis plants and/or six ounces of marijuana for therapeutic purposes.

Members of the Senate had previously passed the measure in March by a 13 to 11 vote.

Because House members added a fiscal note to the bill, it must now go before the House Finance Committee before returning to the Senate for a concurrence vote. The measure requires three additional Senate votes in order to override Gov. Lynch’s anticipated veto.

Separate legislation — HB 1526, which sought to decriminalize the possession of up to one-half ounce of marijuana for adults for non-medical purposes — was rejected by the Senate on Wednesday. The House had previously voted in favor of the measure in March.

For more information on Senate Bill 409, please visit NORML’s ‘Take Action Center’ here: