New Hampshire residents who were hoping to get legal authority from the state to cultivate their own marijuana plants for medicinal purposes received a setback recently as the state Senate opted not to advance a piece of legislation from the House of Representatives.
House Bill 1476 would have allowed state residents who possess a medical marijuana card from the state to own two mature cannabis plants and 12 seedlings. Also, anyone cultivating the plants under this provision would have been allowed to give, but not sell, marijuana to another state resident who also has a medical marijuana card.
The Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee filed a report suggesting that the bill left too many unanswered questions and should be referred back to the committee for more study. Legislation referred for “interim study” oftentimes is simply allowed to expire at the end of the biennial session, when all bills without a final disposition are automatically killed. But in the meantime, it is less final than a vote to kill a bill.
Sen. Martha Hennessey tried to persuade