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NH Senate passes bill legalizing medical marijuana

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Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire soon could join 17 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing seriously ill people to use marijuana to treat their conditions.

The state Senate voted 18-6 Thursday to pass a bill legalizing marijuana use and possession by patients with conditions such as Crohn's disease and cancer. Senators bowed to Gov. Maggie Hassan's wishes and eliminated the option for the patients to grow the drug at home as well as obtain it at a dispensary.

The bill now goes back to the House, which can agree to the changes or ask to negotiate a compromise. The House bill provided for both options. Supporters of the home grow option argue it is crucial to ensure immediate access for terminally ill patients.

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