Senate Overrides Veto on Medical Marijuana Prescribing Bill | New Hampshire Public Radio

Senate Overrides Veto on Medical Marijuana Prescribing Bill

Sep 19, 2019

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A bill to allow medical marijuana patients to get prescriptions even if they haven't had the same doctor for three months has a good chance of becoming law in New Hampshire.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed the bill last month, but the Senate voted 17-7 Thursday to override his veto, achieving the necessary two-thirds majority to send the bill back to the House. Lawmakers in that chamber are expected to go along, given that the bill had wide support there.

In his veto message, Sununu said current law allows patients to obtain appropriate treatment while preserving responsible prescribing. But senators who support the bill argued that it was unfair to make patients wait three months when no such rules apply to far more dangerous drugs, including opioids.