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Tuesday
Apr082014

MPP - NH Medical Marijuana Hearing and News Conference

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.

Friday
Mar072014

MPP - Medical Marijuana Home Cultivation Bill Passes NH House

HB 1622 would allow licensed patients to cultivate up to two mature marijuana plants until an alternative treatment center opens near their residence

CONCORD — The New Hampshire House of Representatives approved a bill 227-73 on Thursday that will provide people who qualify for the state's medical marijuana program with legal access to medical marijuana while the state develops a system of regulated medical marijuana cultivation and distribution. The bill will now move to the Senate, where it will receive a public hearing.

HB 1622, sponsored by Rep. Donald “Ted” Wright (R-Tuftonboro), 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.

“We applaud House members for continuing to stand up for people with debilitating conditions who could benefit from medical marijuana,” said Matt Simon, the Goffstown-based New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, which supports the bill. “Seriously ill patients in New Hampshire have waited long enough for legal access to medical marijuana, and some simply cannot afford to wait any longer.”

HB 573, the bill that created New Hampshire’s medical marijuana law, was signed into law in July by Gov. Maggie Hassan. A provision allowing patients to cultivate their own marijuana was included in the version approved by the House, but it was removed by the Senate after Gov. Hassan threatened to veto the bill if it was included. The Department of Health and Human Services is not required to finalize its rules for authorizing alternative treatment centers until January 2015. If HB 1622 is not approved, patients are not expected to have legal access to medical marijuana until at least the summer of 2015.

“We hope the Senate will agree these people deserve to finally be protected from arrest in the ‘Live Free or Die’ state. Bills allowing home cultivation passed the Senate in 2009 and 2012, so we are optimistic senators will once again listen to the needs of patients in 2014.”

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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.

Saturday
Feb222014

MPP - NH State Marijuana Regulators Urged to Protect Patients Now

State Regulators Urged to Disregard Attorney General’s Opinion and Protect New Hampshire Patients in 2014

 The attorney general’s office has advised the Department of Health and Human Services to delay issuing ID cards until alternative treatment centers are open, which would leave patients vulnerable to arrest for much longer than legislators intended

 

CONCORD — At a public meeting of the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Advisory Council on Friday, advocates urged the Department of Health and Human Services to disregard a controversial advisory opinion from the attorney general’s office that would create a significant delay for patients who are desperately waiting for legal protections. In a memo dated February13, Senior Assistant Attorney General Michael Brown opined that the Department should delay issuing any patient ID cards until the alternative treatment center (ATC) regulations are finalized and the facilities are open.

HB 573, the bill that created New Hampshire’s medical marijuana law, was signed into law by Gov. Maggie Hassan on July 23, 2013. The Department is not required to finalize its rules for authorizing alternative treatment centers until January 2015. As a result, patients do not expect to have legal access to medical marijuana until the summer of 2015 at the earliest. Those who have been approved for the program and issued ID cards, however, would be protected from arrest in the interim.

Sen. John Reagan (R-Deerfield), a co-sponsor of HB 573, strongly objected to the advisory opinion. “The idea of forcing patients to wait until 2015 or later for legal protection is absurd and not at all what legislators intended when they approved HB 573,” he said. “These patients have already been waiting far too long for relief, and there's no good reason for any further delay.”

Matt Simon, New England Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project, presented the council with a letter asking them to respect the intent of the legislature and to support protecting seriously ill patients from arrest as soon as possible. The full letter can be found at the end of this release.

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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.

Friday
Feb212014

MPP - Medical Marijuana Access Bill Moves Forward 

Bill Allowing Patients Legal Access to Medical Marijuana Passes New Hampshire House Committee

HB 1622 would allow qualifying patients to cultivate up to two mature plants until an alternative treatment center opens near their residence

CONCORD — A bill that would allow qualifying patients to cultivate a limited amount of medical marijuana in New Hampshire was approved this morning in a 13-3 vote by the House Committee on Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs. The bill will be considered by the full House sometime in March.

Sponsored by Rep. Donald “Ted” Wright (R-Tuftonboro), HB 1622 was designed to provide safe, legal access for patients who can’t afford to continue waiting for the four alternative treatment centers that were authorized by New Hampshire’s “therapeutic use of cannabis” law. The bill would allow qualifying patients or their designated caregivers to possess up to two mature plants and twelve seedlings. The cultivation location would have to be reported to the Department of Health and Human Services, and patients would lose their ability to cultivate when an alternative treatment center opens within 30 miles of their residence.

“Patients and caregivers in Vermont and Maine have been cultivating their own marijuana legally for years with little controversy," said Matt Simon, the Goffstown-based New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, which supports the bill. "The House has consistently supported patients who urgently need medical marijuana to treat their conditions, and in light of this excellent committee vote, we fully expect a strong House vote in favor of HB 1622.”

HB 573, the bill that created New Hampshire’s medical marijuana law, was signed into law by Gov. Maggie Hassan on July 23, 2013. However, a home cultivation provision included in the House-approved version was removed by the Senate following a veto threat. The Department of Health and Human Services is not required to finalize its rules for authorizing alternative treatment centers until January 2015. As a result, unless HB 1622 is enacted, patients do not expect to have legal access to their medicine under HB 573 until the summer of 2015 at the earliest.

Friday
Feb212014

MPP - Medical Marijuana Advisory Council to Hold Public Meeting

New Hampshire’s Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Advisory Council to Hold Public Meeting and Discuss Draft Program Rules at 1 p.m. ET

                                                                    

Draft rules proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services and a controversial memo from the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office will be introduced and discussed by council members

CONCORD — The Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Advisory Council, which was created to oversee New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program, will meet at 1:00 p.m. Friday in Rooms 205-207 of the Legislative Office Building in Concord.

Members of the council, which is chaired by Rep. James MacKay (D-Concord), have already received a first draft of rules from the Department of Health and Human Services.  They have also been provided with a controversial advisory memo from the attorney general’s office that would — if followed by the department — cause an additional lengthy delay for patients who are seeking legal protection.

Council members are expected to accept comment from members of the public. Matt Simon, Goffstown-based New England Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project, will be present to comment on the draft rules and the attorney general’s opinion.

 

WHAT: Meeting of the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Advisory Council to discuss draft regulations for the medical marijuana program

WHEN: Friday, February 21, 1:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: Rooms 205-207 of the Legislative Office building, 33 N. State Street, Concord

WHO: The Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Advisory Council and Matt Simon, New England Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project