New Hampshire: Senators Fail to Override Governor’s Veto of Bill Allowing Patients to Home Cultivate Cannabis

Concord, NH: Members of the state Senate voted 13 to 11 to override Republican Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of legislation, HB 364, that sought to allow registered patients to cultivate personal use quantities of medical cannabis. Sixteen Senate votes were necessary to achieve the two-thirds majority required to overturn the veto.

Members of the House had previously voted 259 to 120 to override the Governor’s veto.

House Bill 364 allowed patients enrolled in the state’s medical cannabis access program the option to grow up to three mature cannabis plants at home.

In his veto message in August, 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.

By contrast, supermajorities of the House and Senate did override Gov. Sununu’s veto of separate legislation that eliminates the state’s three-month waiting period for patients seeking a medical cannabis authorization.

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