New Hampshire: Second Committee Votes to Allow Medical Marijuana for Any Condition

A second committee in the New Hampshire House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill that would allow medical marijuana to be recommended for any condition a physician deems appropriate.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted 19 to 0 today to pass House Bill 1278, roughly a month after it passed the House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee 20 to 0. Filed by State Representative Wendy Thomas, the measure now advances to the full House.

HB 1278 would repeal the state’s list of qualifying medical marijuana conditions and replace it with a provision stating that “For adults 21 years of age or older, any debilitating or terminal medical condition or symptom for which the potential benefits of using therapeutic cannabis would, in the provider’s clinical opinion, likely outweigh the potential health risks for the patient.”

The measure states that “In order to certify a patient under this category, a certifying provider shall include on the written certification the patient’s specific condition or symptom and attest to their clinical opinion.”

If the measure is approved through the full House, it will be sent to the Senate for consideration.

New Hampshire legalized medical marijuana in 2013, allowing those with a qualifying condition and a physician recommendation to possess medical marijuana, purchasable via a license dispensary.

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