New Hampshire’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Now Support Letting Patients Grow Their Own

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A New Hampshire Senate committee on Wednesday heard testimony on a House-passed bill to allow medical marijuana patients to grow a limited number of plants for personal use. And unlike in past sessions, this time the legislation is being backed by all three of the state’s licensed cannabis centers. Rep. Dennis Acton (R) is sponsoring the measure, HB 350, which would enable registered patients to cultivate up to six plants (only three of which could be mature) and 12 seedlings. The bill moved out of the House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee in a 20-1 vote last month and then cleared the full chamber in a voice vote on the consent calendar. The idea of letting patients grow their own medical cannabis has a long history in the New Hampshire legislature, with differing versions having been introduced going back to 2009. Historically, the state’s alternative treatment centers (ATCs), which operate a total of five dispensaries, have either opposed or remained neutral on the reform. That isn’t the case this round. Prime ATC, Sanctuary ATC and Temescal Wellness all testified in favor of the legislation on Wednesday in front of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. “We believe registered patients and caregivers should be able to cultivate cannabis in their own homes under the provisions included in this bill, which do include significant safeguards,” Prime ATC CEO Keenan Blum, whose company was previously neutral on the issue, said. “The ability to cultivate cannabis at home would be valuable to many patients whether due to cost, access to specific strains or the ability to easily access an ATC, as we are not always close to them.” He also urged the panel to adopt an amendment that would require regulators to inform patients about the importance of testing home cultivated cannabis…

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