Tuesday, July 14, 2009

New Hampshire's Medical Gets Vetoed

Just as legislation that would have made New Hampshire the 14th state to legalize marijuana use Gov. John Lynch vetoed, citing concerns over distribution and cultivation. Lawmakers had made extensive changes to the bill in hopes of winning over Mr. Lynch, who had been critical from the start.

Just as other Governors, he said the bill still had too many defects.
“I understand and empathize with the advocates for allowing medical marijuana use in New Hampshire, However, the fact remains that marijuana use for any purpose remains illegal under federal law.”
The bill’s sponsor, Representative Evalyn S. Merrick, a Democrat, said she would push for an override.

To override the veto they need to convince two more state senators and maintain the margin of victory in the House in order to receive the 2/3 majorities that would be necessary for a veto override. (The House vote was 232-108, or 68%, and the Senate vote was 14-10). The vote is not expected to take place until September, so they will have plenty of time to regroup and make a fresh pitch to legislators.

Check out NH Compassion.org to find out more info on New Hampshire medical marijuana.

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