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Prefiled New Hampshire Bills Would Allow Medical Marijuana Homegrow And Add Eating Disorders As Qualifying Conditions

Two new bills regarding medical marijuana have been prefiled for New Hampshire’s legislative session that begins in January, with at least seven others already requested by lawmakers.

One of the two proposals prefiled on Friday, HB 1231, would allow patients and caregivers to cultivate marijuana for therapeutic use. It’s sponsored by Rep. Wendy Thomas (D), as well as fellow Democratic Reps. Maria Perez, Jodi Newell, Alissandra Murray and Jonah Wheeler. Thomas sponsored similar medical marijuana homegrow legislation last session.

Under the new legislation, home cultivation would be limited to three mature cannabis plants, three immature plants and 12 seedlings, and it could not take place within public view. Patients or caregivers would be allowed to purchase seedlings from dispensaries, and they would have to report their cultivation operations to state regulators.

The other prefiled bill, HB 1240, would add eating disorders as qualifying conditions for the state’s medical marijuana program. It’s sponsored by Rep. Heath Howard (D) along with Thomas and Reps. Suzanne Vail, Christine Seibert, Newell, Murray and Hope Damon, all Democrats.

The qualifying condition legislation would specifically allow doctors to recommend medical cannabis to patients with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, avoidant restrictive food intake disorder

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