17 down, 33 more states to go… Just under a week after Connecticut became #17 to have medical cannabis legal — New Hampshire is #18 to step up for legalization. The NH senate and house confirmed their support for the legalization of marijuana for medical reasons. They are inching closer to legalization — however the votes aren’t quite there yet
House lawmakers bolstered their earlier backing for Senate Bill 409, for which they had recently approved by a veto-proof vast majority. The measure was approved 13-9 by members of the Senate. The bill now travels to Governor John Lynch (D), who has in the past openly opposed this measure. In 09’, Lynch vetoed a separate medical cannabis measure. Peter Bragdon (R) & Fenton Groen (R) voted for the bill after opposing it in prior votes. However, there is in need of two more votes, if Lynch vetoes this one.[nggallery id=109]
Senator Jim Forsythe (R-Strafford), the bill’s primary sponsor of Senate Bill 409, will strive to find those two extra Senate votes required if a veto override is necessary. “Most senators now agree we have a moral obligation to protect seriously ill patients from being arrested in our state,” he stated. Forsythe’s bill now has the support of 14 of the 16 senators needed for passing. Forsythe believes a few senators who voted ‘no’ the other day will change their minds on veto-day when the bill’s destiny will depend on their support.
If Forsythe can change the perceptions of said senators, hopefully New Hampshire can be lucky number 18. Live in New Hampshire? Smoke Marijuana? Call your states representative today and voice your support.