CONCORD, NH — A Senate committee voted to pass a proposal to make New Hampshire the final New England state to allow the medical use of marijuana Monday, but not until the bill was amended to appease Governor Maggie Hassan.
The Senate Committee on Health, Education & Human Services voted 5-0 to recommend the full Senate prove House Bill 573, which has already been passed by the House with over 80% support.
Two key elements were removed from the House-approved bill. Under the Senate-amended bill, patients will now longer be allowed to grow their own medical marijuana, and PTSD was removed from the list of qualifying conditions.
Other changes to the bill reduced the number of authorized dispensaries allowed statewide from five to four, added a requirement that patients get written permission from a property owner before using medical marijuana on privately owned land, and eliminated protections for out of state medical marijuana patients traveling with marijuana in New Hampshire.
The changes were made at the request of Gov. Maggie Hassan, who called severa. . . . . READ MORE
PHOENIX, AZ — Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill into law Wednesday that allows Arizona colleges and universities to conduct medical marijuana research.
Senate Bill 1443, passed in April by both chambers in the state legislature, exempts approved medical research projects from a 2012 law that bans the use or possession of marijuana, including by medical marijuana card holders, on any college or university campus.
A physician from the University of Arizona, Sue Sisley, a specialist in internal medicine and psychiatry, sought the change to the law to continue research into the effectiveness of treating symptoms of post traumatic stress.
Sisley gained approval nearly two years ago from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to conduct a study to determine whether marijuana, in various dosages and methods of administration, can help combat veterans suffering from PTSD.
University of Arizona officials have prevented Dr. Sisley from conducting the research study under the existing ban.
Sisley said her proposal had already been approved by the UA’s Institutional Review Board, which m. . . . . READ MORE