New Hampshire Senate Committee to Hold Hearing Tuesday on Bill That Would Provide Legal Access to Medical Marijuana
HB 1622 sponsor Rep. Donald ‘Ted’ Wright will join medical marijuana patients and advocates for a pre-hearing news conference at 10:30 a.m. ET in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building
CONCORD — The New Hampshire Senate Health, Education, and Human Services Committee will hold a public hearing Tuesday regarding a bill that would provide licensed patients with legal access to medical marijuana while the state develops a system of regulated cultivation and distribution.
Rep. Donald “Ted” Wright (R-Tuftonboro), who is sponsoring HB 1622, will join medical marijuana patients and advocates at a pre-hearing news conference at 10:30 a.m. ET in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building. The committee hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET in Room 103.
"My weight is down to around 60 pounds, and I have no appetite without cannabis," said Clayton Holton, a Dover-based medical marijuana advocate suffering from muscular dystrophy, who will not be attending the hearing because he is no longer able to travel. "Where is the compassion for patients like me who are literally wasting away because of these delays?"
HB 1622 would allow licensed medical marijuana patients or their designated caregivers to possess up to two mature marijuana plants and twelve immature plants or seedlings. Patients and caregivers would be required to report their cultivation locations to the Department of Health and Human Services, and they would lose their ability to cultivate once an alternative treatment center opens within 30 miles of their residence.
"If this bill passes, New Hampshire will continue to have one of the strictest medical marijuana laws in the nation," said Matt Simon, the Goffstown-based New England Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project. "At least it will help those desperately ill patients who cannot wait any longer for legal access to medical marijuana."
WHAT: News conference and State Senate Committee hearing regarding HB 1622, which would allow licensed medical marijuana patients or caregivers to cultivate limited amounts of medical marijuana while the state develops a system of regulated alternative treatment centers
WHEN: Tuesday, April 8 — news conference at 10:30 a.m. ET; Senate committee hearing at 11 a.m. ET
WHERE: News conference in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building, 33 N. State St., Concord; Senate committee hearing in Room 103
WHO: Rep. Donald “Ted” Wright (R-Tuftonboro), sponsor of HB 1622
Matt Simon, New England Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project
Frank Paine, Center Sandwich medical marijuana patient
Christine Lopez, Manchester medical marijuana patient
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The Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization, has been responsible for changing most state-level marijuana laws since 2000. For more information, visit http://www.MarijuanaPolicy.org.