The New Hampshire Home of Representatives voted on Wednesday to overturn Republican Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a invoice that will permit for the house cultivation of cannabis by medical marijuana sufferers. The measure, HB 364, will now head to the Senate after the Home voted 259 to 120 to override the veto.
Earlier this yr, the Senate permitted HB 364 by a margin of 14 to 10. Two extra votes might be wanted within the Senate to override the veto by the required two-thirds majority. The Senate is anticipated to vote on the veto on Thursday.
All dwelling cannabis cultivation is at the moment a felony below New Hampshire regulation. Underneath HB 364, registered medical marijuana sufferers and caregivers could be allowed to own as much as three mature cannabis vegetation, three immature vegetation, and 12 seedlings. The bipartisan and bicameral measure was sponsored by Democratic Rep. Renny Cushing and Republican Sen. John Reagan.
Within the governor’s veto message, Sununu mentioned that permitting dwelling cultivation of cannabis would put a burden on regulation enforcement businesses within the state and compromise laws to forestall the diversion of medical marijuana to the unlawful market.
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Matt Simon, the New England political director for cannabis reform advocacy group the Marijuana Coverage Venture mentioned in a press launch that overriding the governor’s veto of HB 364 will assist be certain that medical marijuana sufferers can entry their drugs affordably.
“It’s encouraging to see the Home vote so strongly in favor of HB 364. This invoice is crucial for sufferers who’re efficiently utilizing cannabis to remain off opioids, however are unable to afford the high-priced merchandise which might be obtainable from dispensaries,” Simon mentioned. “Sadly, 10 senators voted towards HB 364 earlier this yr, placing the preferences of some police chiefs forward of the wants of sufferers and their households.”
The Marijuana Coverage Venture famous in its launch that two polls have proven that 68 p.c of New Hampshire’s residents assist authorized medical marijuana and that each one three states that border New Hampshire have already legalized dwelling cultivation for sufferers, caregivers, and adults 21 and older.
“Residents of the ‘Reside Free or Die’ State overwhelmingly assist cannabis coverage reforms, so it’s clear that any senator who opposes this easy step ahead is extremely out of contact with their constituents,” he mentioned. “Sufferers, caregivers, and their advocates might be watching the Senate vote carefully and hoping that frequent sense and compassion will lastly prevail.”
New Hampshire legalized the medicinal use of marijuana in 2013. As of the tip of final yr, greater than 7,000 residents had registered as sufferers within the state program. At the moment, sufferers are solely permitted to acquire medicinal cannabis at one in all 4 licensed dispensaries, main many to say that the price and journey concerned make it tough to entry their drugs.