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Opposing Views

​SB 409 Moves To House Following Bipartisan 13-11 Vote
In a huge victory for patients and their families, the New Hampshire Senate voted Wednesday to approve New Hampshire’s medical marijuana bill, SB 409, in a 13-11 vote.
The bill’s prime sponsor, Sen. Jim Forsythe (R-Strafford), thanked his colleagues for their open-mindedness and willingness to take a chance: “I know this was a difficult vote for several of my colleagues, and I applaud them for asking the tough questions that helped us make this a better bill,” Forsythe said.
“The intent here has never been to turn New Hampshire into California,” he added. “We’ve worked hard to make sure SB 409 will protect patients and their families without opening to door to abuse, and I’m very pleased that a majority of my colleagues ultimately chose to support this bill.”

​SB 409 Would Protect Seriously Ill New Hampshire Patients From Arrest If Their Doctors Recommend Medical Marijuana
A hearing on New Hampshire’s medical marijuana bill, SB 409, ran past 5 p.m. on Thursday evening. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee, chaired by Sen. Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), listened to two and a half hours of testimony, nearly all of which was offered in support of the bill.
The bill’s prime sponsor, Sen. Jim Forsythe (R-Strafford), introduced the measure and made a strong case that support for the bill transcends partisan boundaries.

​Two New Hampshire lawmakers on Wednesday will discuss the details of SB 409, the medical marijuana bill they are sponsoring this year.

Sen. Jim Forsythe (R-Stafford) and Rep. Evalyn Merrick (D-Lancaster) will be joined in the lobby of the New Hampshire State Legislative Office Building in Concord by supporters of the bill, including Matt Simon, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, and John Tommasi, a retired Salem police sergeant. Several patients who would benefit from medical marijuana will also attend.