New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Press Conference Today

Sponsors and Supporters to Speak at Legislative Office Building to Promote Medical Marijuana Bill

CONCORD -- On Wednesday, March 7, in the lobby of the New Hampshire State Legislative Office Building in Concord, Sen. Jim Forsythe (R-Stafford) and Rep. Evalyn Merrick (D-Lancaster) will discuss the details of SB 409, the medical marijuana bill they are sponsoring this year. They will be joined by supporters of the bill, including Matt Simon, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, and John Tommasi, a retired Salem police sergeant, as well as several patients who would benefit from medical marijuana.

            A similar bill was approved in the House last year by a vote of 221-96, but was stalled in the Senate. This year, supporters think they have enough support to pass SB 409, which would allow patients with certain qualifying conditions to use and possess up to six ounces of marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation.

            “Patients and their supporters have been working very hard to convince the legislature to show compassion and let seriously ill patients use they medicine they and their doctors determine is best for them,” said Matt Simon, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Judging from the overwhelming bipartisan support for this bill, it looks like their hard work is paying off. New Hampshire needs to join the District of Columbia and 17 other states that allow the use of medical marijuana to treat specified conditions. No one should be treated like a criminal just for trying to live a normal life.”

WHAT: Medical Marijuana Press Conference

WHEN: 8:45 a.m. EST on Wednesday, March 7

WHERE: Lobby of the Legislative Office Building, 33 North State Street, Concord

WHO: -Sen. Jim Forsythe (R-Stafford)

            -Rep. Evalyn Merrick (D-Lancaster)

            -John Tommasi, retired police sergeant from Salem PD, former member of New Hampshire Drug Task Force, and professor at UNH and Bentley College in Massachusetts

            -Matt Simon, legislative analyst, Marijuana Policy Project

            -Medical marijuana patients


            The Marijuana Policy Project, the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States, is responsible for most state-level marijuana policy reforms passed since 2000. For more information, please visit