Marijuana veto in New Hampshire bucks regional trend

LITTLETON, New Hampshire Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:06pm EDT

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LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) - New Hampshire's Democratic governor on Thursday vetoed a bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature that would legalize medical marijuana in the state, bucking a trend towards legalization in New England.

Governor John Lynch said the measure did not provide sufficient restrictions on the cultivation and prescription of marijuana. He also opposes provisions authorizing teenagers to use it for treatment.

"I cannot support establishing a system for the use of medical marijuana that poses risks to the patient, lacks adequate oversight and funding, and risks the proliferation of a serious drug," Lynch said.

For the moment, Lynch's move halts the spread of medical marijuana dispensaries in New England.

Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Vermont have all legalized pot for medical use in recent years. Massachusetts voters will decide whether to legalize use in a ballot measure in November.

Nineteen states have passed laws allowing marijuana use for medical purposes.

"The legalization efforts in New England have really been the area that is the most active in recent years," said Keith Stroup, legal counsel at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

The New Hampshire bill passed by a more than 2 to 1 margin in the state House of Representatives this year, but only narrowly passed the Senate, making prospects for a veto override unlikely.

(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Xavier Briand)

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Comments (9)
jway87 wrote:
Vote him out!

Taxpayers spend $40 Billion-a-year on a prohibition that *doesn’t* stop people using marijuana. Are we all so rich that this colossal waste of money is no big deal?

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Jun 21, 2012 5:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:
Get involved-and vote!

Jun 21, 2012 6:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Kevin20036 wrote:
My wife woke up ill this morning. After she convinced me that she’s really very ill by exhibiting actual symptoms I said that I was really worried, and asked her if she wanted me to call a politician in for a medical consultation. But she’s still not sold on the assertion that politicians are better qualified to practice medicine and insisted on seeing an M.D. Women!

Now I’m going to have to lobby her to at least get a second opinion from a politician. Even if they can’t cure her, they can at least pass a law which would do so. I may have to put my foot down and insist. After all, it’s for her own good.

But seriously, what about the children? What kind of message does it send the children if she lallygags and acts like a layabout all day without consulting a politician? Doesn’t anyone care about the children?

Jun 21, 2012 6:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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