The Republican-led New Hampshire House on Wednesday passed legislation that would allow seriously ill patients to use marijuana.
The House voted 236-96 to approve SB 409. The Senate passed the bill by a 13-11 vote in March.
Democratic Gov. John Lynch has threatened to veto
the legislation, which would allow patients with a written certification from their doctor to cultivate up to six ounces of marijuana.
Iâ€™ve never used marijuana in my life,â€ť Republican state Sen. Jim Forsythe, the billâ€™s sponsor, explained in a statement. â€śBut as a matter of principle, I donâ€™t believe itâ€™s appropriate for government to interfere with choices that should be made between a doctor and a patient.â€ť
â€śThe promise to veto medical marijuana by Gov. Lynch shows a disappointing lack of compassion for patients battling illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, cancer, and AIDS,â€ť he added.
The bill will return to the state Senate for a concurrence vote before heading to the governorâ€™s desk.
Only patients with serious chronic or terminal diseases, such as cancer, AIDS and Parkinsonâ€™s, would be eligible to possess marijuana.