Wed May 30, 2012
Medical Marijuana Showdown Looms
The House and Senate reached agreement today on a medical marijuana bill.
This final version would allow patients with a doctor’s prescription to possess up to six ounces of marijuana. Medicinal use would only be granted to people with debilitating conditions or terminal diseases.
Senator James Forsythe, a Republican from Strafford, believes the bill is designed to ensure public safety.
"We have plant size limits, we have a database, we have disclosed cultivation locations, and also an additional class B felony for selling," says Forsythe.
Supporters say those protections will boost the measure’s popularity among lawmakers.
But Governor Lynch has promised a veto, citing concern over proliferation.
To override a veto, it takes a two-thirds majority in both chambers. The House is likely to hit that mark.
Getting the needed support in the Senate will be more of a challenge, where in 2009, an override on this issue fell two votes short.