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NH lawmakers consider medical marijuana _ again

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 21, 2013 at 12:36 pm •  Published: February 21, 2013

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers are trying for the fourth time in six years to pass legislation to allow medical marijuana use by people with debilitating conditions or terminal illness.

Supporters of the bill argued at a committee hearing Thursday that marijuana has proven medicinal value and could be safely regulated. Opponents cast it as an herbal remedy and a regulatory nightmare that would burden law enforcement.

Three previously passed bills were vetoed by the last governor. Gov. Maggie Hassan has said she would support medical marijuana for tightly defined diseases and tightly regulated dispensaries. The bill would allow up to five marijuana dispensaries as well as allowing patients or caregivers to grow small amounts for personal use.