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NH bill allows seriously ill to use marijuana

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By NORMA LOVE
Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Lawmakers have voted to make New Hampshire the 19th state to allow seriously ill people to possess and use marijuana for medical reasons.

The Legislature voted 284-66 Wednesday on compromise legislation that Gov. Maggie Hassan says she will sign. The bill allows patients diagnosed with cancer, Crohn's disease and other conditions to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana obtained from one of four dispensaries authorized by the state.

The dispensaries could have a maximum of 80 marijuana plants, 160 seedlings and 80 ounces of marijuana or 6 ounces per qualifying patient. They also would have a limit of three mature cannabis plants, 12 seedlings and 6 ounces for each patient who designates the dispensary as a treatment center.

The compromise eliminates an option to grow the drug at home.

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