Target: New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan
Goal: Provide legal access to medical marijuana for New Hampshire residents.
New Hampshire could soon be joining the rest of New England by passing a medical marijuana bill for people suffering from chronic and debilitating diseases. Although the bill is not perfect, cannabis supporters say it is important to pass a medical marijuana bill this session. Please sign this petition urging Governor Maggie Hassan to sign the bill into law and start providing safe and legal access to New Hampshire citizens.
House Bill 573 would provide medical marijuana to New Hampshire citizens who qualify as having both a debilitating disease and associated ailments or symptoms of that disease. Patients must have a relationship with the recommending doctor for at least three months and will be able to purchase up to two ounces of medicine during each visit to one of four regional dispensaries. HB573 does not allow for patients to grow their own medicine, a provision Governor Hassan wanted in order to sign. Patients who rent their living space must get written permission from their landlord in order to use cannabis on their premises. The same permission is necessary if a patient is visiting a friend or relative, or needs to medicate while at work.
While cannabis supporters have complaints regarding specific provisions, they think it is more important to get some sort of legislation passed this session, rather than not. Legal and safe access to medical marijuana will benefit a number of people suffering from chronic pain, severe nausea, muscle spasticity and other symptoms of debilitating diseases. Cannabis is shown to relieve pain, inflammation, nausea, and a host of other ailments previously only treated with pills and chemical interventions.
Please sign this petition urging Governor Hassan to sign New Hampshire’s medical marijuana bill into law and join the other 18 U.S. states that have already agreed to provide safe and legal access to life improving medicine.
Dear Governor Hassan,
Recently both New Hampshire’s House and Senate passed House Bill 573 to provide medical marijuana to approved citizens in need. Many of the provisions have been added, omitted or adjusted with you in mind. State legislators have worked to provide a bill that will not only satisfy the needs of potential cannabis patients, but the general public as well. Please sign HB573 into law to provide legal and safe access to cannabis for patients suffering from debilitating and chronic diseases and associated symptoms.
Versions of New Hampshire’s medical marijuana bill have been approved in the past, only to have the former Governor John Lynch veto them. Legislators took special investment in the things you needed in order to approve a bill of this nature. HB573 does not allow patients to grow their own medicine; instead, they would be able to purchase up to two ounces at a time from one of four regional dispensaries. Potential patients must have a relationship of at least three months with their prescribing medical professional. As the last state in New England to pass such a law, New Hampshire legislators looked at surrounding states’ medical marijuana laws for inspiration.
Although medical cannabis supporters are still not 100% satisfied with the provisions, even they are urging you to sign it in order to get something passed this session. By signing HB573 into law, New Hampshire is providing relief, opportunity and improved quality of life for its residents. Please sign this bill into law and provide safe and legal access to medical marijuana for New Hampshire citizens.
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