New Hampshire Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Legislation

Legislation that would have initially place an arbitrary cap on the allowable THC in medical marijuana has been given approval by a key committee in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 419 has been given approval through the Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee by a vote of 12 to 8. The proposal has already been passed through the full Senate, and will be sent to Governor Chris Sununu if it’s approved through the full House and the Senate concurs with any amendments.

“This bill establishes a definition of “cannabis concentrate,” imposes certain reporting requirements on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and amends the definition of “usable cannabis” to that which is under 16 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)”, states the most recent summary of the bill.

The change “would make it unlawful for a qualifying patient or their designated caregiver to possess, and for an alternative treatment center to cultivate or produce, cannabis and cannabis products that have a concentration of THC that is greater than 16 percent.”

The portion of the bill placing the 16% THC was removed in the Senate, although it remains in the summary section of the most recent text of the bill, found here. Now, the bill would establish state reporting requirements while allowing patients to grow their own cannabis.

Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee gave approval to House-backed legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana, including established a system of licensed, taxed and regulated marijuana stores.

[Update: State Representative Erica Layon reached out to let us know that the language placing a cap on THC percentages for medical marijuana “is no longer part of the bill, however the analysis was not updated. I will request an update to the analysis so that we don’t have incorrect information going forward.” The article including the title have been updated.]

Thank you for reading The Marijuana Herald! Sign up for our weekly newsletter using the form below.