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New Hampshire Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

New Hampshire Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

The New Hampshire Senate voted Wednesday to approve a medical marijuana bill, Senate Bill 409, in a 13-11 vote. The bill now moves to the House.

"I know this was a difficult vote for several of my colleagues, and I applaud them for asking the tough questions that helped us make this a better bill," said Sen. Jim Forsythe (R-Stafford), the bill's prime sponsor. "The intent here has never been to turn New Hampshire into California," he added. "We've worked hard to make sure SB 409 will protect patients and their families without opening to door to abuse, and I'm very pleased that a majority of my colleagues ultimately chose to support this bill."

Rep. Evalyn Merrick (D-Lancaster), a cancer survivor, led the charge on medical marijuana legislation in the last two sessions. "All along we’ve been saying that this issue transcends partisan boundaries, and it's very gratifying to see so many Republicans join the growing bipartisan consensus in support of medical marijuana," she said after Wednesday's vote.

The bill would allow patients with serious illnesses such as MS, cancer, and AIDS to register with the Department of Health and Human Services and receive ID cards protecting them from arrest if their doctor recommends marijuana. Qualifying patients would be permitted to cultivate up to four mature plants in an enclosed, locked facility. There is no provision for dispensary-style distribution.


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Google and then Youtube

Google and then Youtube "cannabis cures cancer" and prepare to be astounded.

Now it's about the Constitution and the fight to defend it.

I don't understand the politics of Medical Marijuana when

it relates to "how" sick you are...

For me, I am in no serious pain nor do I need it for serious medicinal purposes such as cancer. But, the fact of the matter is, it is a seed bearing plant that, in my opinion was given by God, and I don't think anyone has the right to tell me what plants I can use. It helped me really awaken to the world and the way I was acting, I could see things in a different way, I was a better problem solver and It encourages you to think outside the box, whats on the other side of the door. Also, it is shown to reduce the odds of certain cancers. I don't need it to sleep, but I sleep better when I do use the herb. And there are several ways, it doesn't have to be smoked. And for the record, 4 years ago when I first smoked, I still have yet to get sick once. I have had excellent health.

If I go to my doctor and cannot get it, it is very simple, I will go and get it elsewhere.

I understand the difficulty with drugs in society but in my opinion, there is much bigger threats to people's well being than this one and many of them are legal drugs..

I wish, like Ron Paul says, they would re-think the drug war and do a better job helping people with addiction instead of restricting the plant for all.

Ever since I started smoking,

Ever since I started smoking, when I was 19 or so, I realized how marijuana actually CAN help the individual. I'm 26 now and like you, I hardly ever get sick. If I get a headache or if a muscle is sore, I smoke a little, take a bath...and bingo. Good as new.

A lot of people want to demonize pot smokers, which isn't fair because alcohol, cigarettes and prescription pills are far more dangerous to our well being. But I don't need to tell you that. If it weren't for smoking pot some 8 years ago I would be a mindless zombie on this planet, part of the sheeple, who couldn't possibly think for myself.

The fire rises.

It's a small step, but

It's a small step, but hopefully we will continue to progress.

Sponsor is RP NH Chair

This is great work by Sen. Jim Forsythe, who chaired the New Hampshire Ron Paul Campaign, and all the activists, like Matt Simon, who have worked long hours for years to slowly change the minds of the lawmakers and the public.

What does this mean if it passes in the house?

Can the governor still veto?

If so, it has to pass in all 3 places to become law?

Bill can still become law despite governor veto

But it needs 2/3 of both the house and senate. Senate is currently four votes short, but it is still winnable. I'm not sure how many votes the house has yet.

of course, while FULL decriminalization would've been more

preferable, it's a good step in the right direction.

still, don't like the idea of having to register with the state, on ANYTHING.

That said, way to go Jim!!!

Another R3VOL, making waves, in all the right directions!

NH, becoming a model for the entire North East region, and hopefully, rest of America as well.

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

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In Colorado...

...it is on the ballot to be legalized for adults.


They tried it last election, but the vote was flip-flopped. There was a big deal about it at the time, but like this flip-flopping vote rigging and fraud happening against Ron Paul, no one can actually DO anything about it, so the corruption continues.

The good news is, there is a lot more light being shined on the machine rigging and who is behind it all and maybe the people will rise against the evil tyranny and corruption that is still steadfastly taking this falling nation to war to get out of it's debts.

All the while cheating the people and leading the lemmings to the final solution so the banksters will win and reap like they did in Germany after it was leveled. Same old game, same old cycle. The federal reserve was only supposed to last a hundred years to get the job of killing America done. The time table is almost complete.

PS: Do you know why babylon does not want the people to have cannabis/hemp?

Because it makes people think and they have something to trade and be self-sustainable with, or free from the oil/chemical/drug/media oligarchies who pay the babylonian leadership to keep it illegal, all the while they themselves run the illicit drug industry and profit from that. Old school daddy bush heroin trade criminal activities. Everyone knows about all that, and yet it continues. Pure evil.


Sorry guys

I just registered so I can finally post back. Sorry guys but im from NH and our governor is guaranteed to veto any pro MJ related bill. Good news for the Senate, the house also barely passed decriminalization so thats good progress too, but we arent the majority and the governor is against us and holds too much power, will veto the bills.

Good start

I live in Arizona and I am Medical Marijuana patient myself. Our Rep Gov. has been no help trying to hold the dispensary applications. However they are coming this summer. Right now we have around 20,000 patients in Arizona 85% athorized to cultivate 12 plants.... 72 if your a caregiver and have 5 patients. However when a dispensary opens up you must live 25 miles away from it in order to cultivate your own medicine... good with the bad I guess. Anyway best of luck to all other medical marijuana states! I don't get why Ron Paul doesn't win all states with mmj

Tennessee is looking to allow

Tennessee is looking to allow medical marijuana this year too. It passed house sub committee on voice vote and I think will make it out of committee.

It's a VERY tightly controlled law if it gets passed... very strict growing, dispensing and acquiring rules, a new committee specifically for medical marijuana oversight, new licensing etc, so I don't think it will impact the street blackmarkets much. But I guess a little bit of liberty is better than no liberty.

"You must be frank with the world; frankness is the child of honesty and courage...Never do anything wrong to make a friend or keep one...Above all do not appear to others what you are not" - Robert E. Lee, CSA

This is great news.

This is great news.