New Hampshire: Governor Vetoes Patient Home Grow Measure

Concord, NH: Republican Gov. Chris Sununu on Friday vetoed legislation, House Bill 364, that would have permitted state-registered patients to home-cultivate limited amounts of medical cannabis.

The legislation allowed qualified patients to grow up to three mature cannabis plants at any one time. It had passed the House of Representatives on a voice vote and had been approved by members of the Senate by a vote to 14 to 10.

In his veto message, Gov. Sununu opined that allowing patients to grow their own medical cannabis would "make the job of law enforcement significantly more difficult," and also suggested that it might reduce the number of patients soliciting the state’s dispensaries.

The Governor had previously signed legislation into law permitting physician assistants to make medical cannabis recommendations to qualified patients. Last month, he signed separate legislation establishing procedures to allow for those with prior, low-level marijuana convictions to petition the court to have their convictions annulled.

In December, the Governor stated that he opposed legislation seeking to regulate the adult use of marijuana and that he would veto any measure that sought to legalize the plant, "regardless of what the language looks like."

For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator, at (202) 483-5500.