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Linda Horan, Medical Marijuana Activist, Dies at 64

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Jack Rodolico
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Linda Horan at her home in Alstead last November.

A New Hampshire activist passed away Monday. Linda Horan became well-known in recent months for filing a lawsuit that opened up access to the state's sluggish medical marijuana program.

When Horan was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer last summer, her doctor advised therapeutic cannabis would help manage her pain and failing appetite. New Hampshire declined to issue her a medical marijuana ID card because the state's dispensaries weren't yet open. Horan sued and won, allowing her and other patients to use their state-issued cards to access medical marijuana in Maine until New Hampshire's dispensaries open later this year.

State Representative Renny Cushing was Horan's friend.

"She took comfort in recent days in receiving notes from others who were able to get access to medical marijuana because of her courageous lawsuit against the State of New Hampshire," says Cushing.

Linda Horan was born in south Boston and was a long-time labor activist. She died at home in Alstead at the age of 64.

Before joining NHPR in August 2014, Jack was a freelance writer and radio reporter. His work aired on NPR, BBC, Marketplace and 99% Invisible, and he wrote for the Christian Science Monitor and Northern Woodlands.

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