New Hampshire House Committee Votes To Allow Home Cultivation Of Medical Marijuana
CONCORD, NH — As New Hampshire awaits the implementation of their medical marijuana program, House Committee on Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs passed a measure Monday that would allow allow for more immediate access.
The measure, which was introduced by Rep. Donald “Ted” Wright (R-Tuftonboro), passed through the committee in a 13-3 vote.
House Committee Approves Home Cultivation In New Hampshire
As written, House Bill 1622 would legalize the home cultivation of up to two plants and seedlings by qualifying patients or their designated caregivers. In order to do so they must first register their location with the Department of Health and Human Services.
“We fully expect a strong House vote in favor of HB 1622.” – Matt Simon
Also outlined in the measure is a restriction on home cultivation in cases where an alternative treatment center (medical marijuana dispensary) is within 30 miles. So, a number of patients could be forced to relinquish their home cultivation rights once state-sanctioned dispensaries are in operation.
With that said, the state is not scheduled to authorize alternative treatment centers until January. The centers are expected to open for business in the summer 2015 at the earliest.
In contrast, House Bill 1622 would take effect immediately upon passage through the Legislature. It is expected to be put to a full House vote next month.
“The House has consistently supported patients who urgently need medical marijuana to treat their conditions,” explains Matt Simon, Legislative Analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. “…In light of this excellent committee vote, we fully expect a strong House vote in favor of HB 1622.”