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New Hampshire Senate Approves Bill to Allow Home Cultivation of Medical Cannabis

HB 364 will now head back to the House, where it passed in a voice vote last month; if the House concurs with the Senate version, it will be sent to the desk of Gov. Chris Sununu

CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire Senate approved a bill Thursday (14-10) to allow participants in the state’s therapeutic cannabis program to cultivate their own cannabis. HB 364 will now head back to the House, where it passed in a voice vote on March 7. If the House concurs with the Senate version, it will be sent to the desk of Gov. Chris Sununu.

HB 364 would allow possession of three mature cannabis plants, three immature plants, and 12 seedlings for each patient. Thursday’s vote marked the first time the Senate has ever supported legislation allowing home cultivation of medical cannabis. If the bill becomes law, New Hampshire will be the first state to add home cultivation to a medical cannabis program that initially limited patients’ source of cannabis to dispensaries.

“This critically important bill will make medical cannabis more accessible to qualifying patients in New Hampshire,” said Matt Simon, New England Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Medical cannabis is not covered by health insurance, and many patients are unable to afford the products that are available at dispensaries. For some, home cultivation is simply the best, most affordable option.”

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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