New Hampshire Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Home Grow Bill

Boston (WBZ NewsRadio) — Growing cannabis plants at home for personal use may soon be legal for medical marijuana patients in New Hampshire.

The state Senate passed SB 420 last week, which would let qualifying patients grow up to three mature plants, three immature plants, and 12 seedlings at a time.

As it currently stands, New Hampshire's medical marijuana patients have been allowed to purchase cannabis since 2013, but growing the plant at home is still a felony offense.

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According to WBZ NewsRadio's Brit Smith, a similar bill cleared both state chambers last year.

However it was swiftly vetoed by Governor Chris Sununu (R) who cited public safety concerns regarding patients growing their own supply.

Advocates said the home grow bill will help low income medical marijuana patients.

"This bill presents Gov. Sununu with a great opportunity to continue to evolve on cannabis policy," said Matt Simon, political director of New England's Marijuana Policy Project in a press release. "Patients all over New Hampshire are benefiting from cannabis as an alternative to opioids, but many are unable to afford the expensive products that are available at dispensaries."

State senators approved the bill on Thursday, and it now heads to the House.

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