A New Hampshire state house bill would effectuate the state's medical marijuana program, and further rejecting of the federal drug war.
House Bill 164 (HB164) was introduced on Jan. 8 by State Reps. Ted Wright (R-8), Joseph Lachance (R-8), and State Sen. John Reagan (R-17). The bill would authorize "the department of health and human services to begin processing applications for registry identification cards required under the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes."
This bill builds upon a medical marijuana law that was signed in 2013. However, the program has stalled over the past two years and many medical patients have had a difficult time securing access to their medicine due to inaction. HB164 would rectify that program and officially start a licensing procedure beginning no later than July 23, 2015 that would facilitate medical marijuana into the hands of patients.
The state of New Hampshire is on the cusp of establishing a sane and rational marijuana policy. Last year, a bill that would legalize marijuana for recreational use passed through the state house. Although the state senate never took action on this measure and the governor remains staunchly opposed to legalization, it shows that there is an undeniable groundswell of support for drug policy reform and that expanded access to cannabis is right around the corner for the Live Free or Die State!
Although a seemingly small technical change to the law, HB164 is important because it represents another step toward bringing an an end to the War on Drugs. Making marijuana more readily available to medical patients means that federal drug policy is harder to enforce. The feds are already beginning the process of giving up. Support HB164 and hasten the demise of the destructive drug war.
In New Hampshire: Contact your state legislators, and urge them to co-sponsor and support this important bill. You can find their contact information by clicking HERE.
All Other States: You can still work to fight cannabis prohibition in your state. Call your state legislators and urge them to introduce a bill that fights cannabis prohibition such as our P.E.A.C.E. Act. You can find their contact information HERE.