New Hampshire is set to soon become the latest state to legalize medical marijuana. On Wednesday the New Hampshire legislature overwhelmingly gave final approval to HB 573. Last week Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) announced that she will sign the bill into law once it reaches her desk.

The bill will allow patients with certain medical conditions to legally use marijuana for medicinal purposes if it is recommended to them by their doctor. Patients could have up to two ounces of marijuana. The state will create a regulated system with four medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the state to provide registered patients.

While the bill is an important step forward, it is not perfect. Unfortunately as part of a final compromise a provision allowing patients to grow their own medical marijuana was eliminated. This change could potentially leave some patients without a way to legally obtain medical marijuana until the dispensaries are fully established.

New Hampshire was the last remaining state in New England without a medical marijuana. As soon as this bill is signed it will join its neighbors in providing patients a legal way to access cannabis.

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