Saying that the legislation had “too many defects to move forward,” New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch vetoed a bill that would have allowed state residents to legally purchase and use marijuana for medical purposes.
N.H. governor vetoes medical marijuana legislation
The bill, which passed the state House and Senate in June, would have established licensed centers where a patient with a prescription could receive up to 2 ounces of marijuana every 10 days. In a news release, Lynch said that while he remained open to tightly controlled use of marijuana for legitimate medical purposes, he was troubled by the possibility that the proposed law could unintentionally provide loopholes for unauthorized redistribution of the substance. “In addition to patients and designated caregivers, an unlimited number of volunteers can receive registry cards and receive the full protections afforded under this legislation to authorized cardholders,” Lynch said.
The governor also said that the proposed law didn't contain a clear licensing process or specific standards for the centers, and that it didn't restrict marijuana distribution to patients suffering severe pain, seizures or nausea resulting from qualifying medical conditions. Lynch also questioned whether the program would as be self-funding, as anticipated by lawmakers, because there were inadequate fiscal studies supporting that goal.
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