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New Hampshire Lawmakers Take Up Medical Marijuana Home Grow Bill, With Vote Set For Next Week

As New Hampshire lawmakers work to advance marijuana legalization, a House committee met on Thursday to discuss a more modest reform to allow medical cannabis patients to grow their own plants for therapeutic use.

The House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee held a hearing and received testimony on HB 431 from Rep. Wendy Thomas (D), as well as other proposals to expand the state’s medical marijuana program.

The home grow bill would allow registered cannabis patients and designated caregivers to cultivate up to three mature plants, three immature plants and 12 seedlings. They would have to be grown in an “enclosed, locked space” at a location that would have to be reported to regulators at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

“By growing their own cannabis, the patient can choose which effective strains to grow, and they would see a cost savings for their medication,” Thomas, who is a medical marijuana patient herself, said in her opening remarks.

“For many poor people with serious medical conditions, medical expenses and a reduced ability to work make getting cannabis difficult,” she said. “By allowing home cultivation, you are giving the therapeutic patients financial relief for

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