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N.H. Senate To Vote On Bills To Ease Medical Marijuna Restrictions

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One bill would allow hepatitis C patients to use marijuana even if they're not receiving antiviral treatment; another would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to patient suffering “severe pain” that hasn’t responded to medication, surgery, or for which other treatments produced serious side effects; a third measure would allow medical marijuana to be used in facilities for people with developmental disabilities or mental illness.

The bills cleared a senate committee on unanimous votes and are expected to pass.

They are the latest sign that policymakers here are growing more comfortable with medical marijuana.

Medical marijuana became legal here in 2013; New Hampshire was the last New England state to allow it, and remains the only state in the region where possession of even small amounts of  cannabis remains a crime.   

Josh has worked at NHPR since 2000.

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