New Hampshire State House (photo: Teemu008/flickr)

Yesterday the New Hampshire Senate approved a medical marijuana bill, SB409, in a vote of 13-11. From Boston Globe:

The New Hampshire Senate has passed a bill that would allow a home cultivation approach to medical marijuana, but Gov. John Lynch’s promised veto may be insurmountable.

The Senate passed legislation 13-to-11 Wednesday night to allow a patient with a “debilitating medical condition” or that patient’s designated caretaker to cultivate and possess up to six ounces of marijuana, four mature plants and 12 seedlings at a registered “cultivation location.” It would allow the patient or caregiver to possess two ounces elsewhere.

Even though the Democratic governor has threatened to veto the bill, this is still an important development for the marijuana reform community. The New Hampshire Senate is currently controlled by the Republican party and Republicans have traditionally been more opposed to medical marijuana reform than Democrats.
For a Republican controlled legislative chamber to both take up a medical marijuana bill and approve it is a sign that the issue is truly gaining broad support from politicians across the ideological spectrum. According to the roll call vote, Republicans senators made up over half of the votes in favor of the bill with eight Republicans voting in support of the bill.