NH Commonsense - NH House Committee to Consider Medical Marijuana Bill Monday

Bill Would Make New Hampshire 14th State to Protect Seriously Ill Medical Marijuana Patients from Arrest


CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE — The New Hampshire House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee will hold a hearing Monday to consider a bill that would allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana if their doctor recommends it without fear of arrest.


A 2008 Mason-Dixon poll showed that 71 percent of New Hampshire voters support such a law, including the majority of Democrats, Republicans and Independents.


WHAT: House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee hearing on HB 648, sponsored by Rep. Evalyn Merrick (D-Lancaster) and co-sponsored by Reps. Trinka Russell (D-Stratham), Tom Donovan (D-Claremont), Dr. James Pilliod (R-Belmont), Don Petterson (D-Brentwood), and Sens. Martha Fuller Clark (D-Concord) and John Gallus (R-Berlin)


WHO: Those scheduled to testify in favor of the bill include:Dr. Joe McSherry, a Burlington, Vt., neurologist; Connecticut Rep. Penny Bacchiocci (R-Sommers); Matt Simon, executive director of New Hampshire Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy


Patients: Clayton Holton (muscular dystrophy, Somersworth), Sandra Drew (multiple sclerosis, Allenstown), Ellen McClung (multiple sclerosis, Gilford), Barbara Filleul (cancer survivor, Concord), Scott Turner (degenerative disc and joint disease, Nashua)


WHEN: Monday, March 9 at 10 a.m.


WHERE: Legislative Office Building, Room 205, Concord