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Legislature Hears Medical Marijuana Concerns

The arguments in New Hampshire about whether or not to approve medical marijuana in our state have been stalled for years. Whenever measures would pass the legislature, our previous Governor would veto them. With a new Governor and new hope, there’s still opposition to any form of legalization and, despite support for therapeutic use of marijuana, it’s tough to find a way forward that both medical authorities and law enforcement can agree on.

An article in the Concord Monitor explained the issues. During testimony before a Senate committee debating the latest bill to pass the State House, doctors and law enforcement officials voiced their concerns.

From the doctor’s point of view, marijuana is still an experimental drug. Some feel there isn’t enough valid science-based information to properly prescribe it. And, unlike other states which allow patients to control use, the doctors were concerned that cannabis wouldn’t be treated like a prescription medication, most of which are tightly controlled. To remedy this, they proposed applying for a federal exception to allow use for a small study on the use of marijuana in specific medical conditions. Such a study would then form the basis for rational and targeted prescribing.

Law enforcement at the hearing said they were worried that any move toward legalization would enhance the ability of criminals to sell the drug.

"I respect the people that feel this is already a very tight law, but they're taking into account that there's not a criminal element out there that's going to take advantage of it,” said Enfield police Chief Richard Crate, “We can do this in a way that is beneficial and keeps the abuse out of it."

The overall sense of the meeting was that some form of legalization would come eventually. Opponents were focused more on making the law as strict as possible – allowing use, but only with strong controls in place. And, with public support for medical marijuana continuing, this may be the best they can do.


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