The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would allow medical marijuana patients to grow cannabis at home. Currently, the more than 7,000 registered medical marijuana patients in New Hampshire must travel to one of four dispensaries in the state to obtain their medicine. Under provisions of the measure, House Bill 364, which was passed by representatives on Thursday, patients or caregivers would be allowed to grow up to three mature cannabis plants, three immature plants, and 12 seedlings. Medical marijuana was legalized in New Hampshire in 2013.
The bill now heads to the New Hampshire Senate for consideration. Matt Simon, the New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, told High Times that medical marijuana patients should have the right to produce their own medicine.
“It’s absurd that patients in the “Live Free or Die” state still aren’t allowed to grow their own cannabis,” Simon said in an email. “Previous bills on this subject have passed the House and stalled in the Senate, but I am hopeful that this year will be different.”
Rep. Dennis Acton said last month that after he was diagnosed with cancer in 1999, cannabis helped him manage the side effects of treatment.