NHCommonsense - NH Senate Committee to Consider Medical Marijuana Bill Tuesday

Hearing Comes After House Passes Bill 234-138 in March


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


Last month, the bill, HB 648, passed in the full House in a bipartisan 234-138 vote that included 45 Republicans. The bill is co-sponsored by Sens. Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) and John Gallus (R-Berlin). 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.


Although the committee isn’t expected to vote after the hearing tomorrow, later this month advocates expect a vote on whether to recommend that the full Senate pass the bill.


  • - WHAT: Senate Health and Human Services Committee hearing on HB 648
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  • - WHEN: Tuesday, April 14 at 9 a.m.
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  • - WHERE: Legislative Office Building, Room 201-203, Concord