CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is asking legislators crafting the state’s fourth medical marijuana proposal in six years to strike a provision allowing patients to grow the plants at home.
The bill’s House sponsor, Rep. Donna Schlachman, an Exeter Democrat, said the news was upsetting. Proponents of home cultivation say it’s crucial to ensuring access for patients in rural areas and those for whom the cost of purchasing the drug from dispensaries would be prohibitive. Schlachman also pointed out that many patients who have waited years to access medical marijuana don’t have the 18 months to two years it will take for dispensaries to open.
A Hassan spokesman cited law enforcement concerns about the state’s ability to regulate a home-grow option as the reason for her decision.