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NH lawmakers reconcile medical marijuana bills

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By HOLLY RAMER
Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire lawmakers have reached a deal with it comes to allowing seriously ill people to use marijuana in their medical treatment.

Both the House and Senate have passed bills legalizing the medical use of marijuana, but the Senate version eliminated a House-proposed option for patients to grow the drug at home. Supporters of the home-grow option argue it is crucial to ensure immediate access for terminally ill patients, but Gov. Maggie Hassan has problems with that option and the state's ability to regulate it.

In a negotiation session Tuesday, House lawmakers agreed to drop the home-grown provision, in exchange for having an oversight commission start work as soon as the bill is enacted. They also agreed to not include post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying medical condition.

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