NH Senate Lets Medical Marijuana Bill Die

10/29/09 7:56AM

The Senate has shot down a bill that would have made New Hampshire the 14th state to legalize marijuana use by severely ill people.

Earlier Wednesday, the House voted 240-115 to pass the bill, but the Senate's 14-10 vote fell short of the two-thirds needed to put it into law.

The bill would have established three nonprofit "compassion centers" to dispense 2 ounces of marijuana every 10 days to severely ill patients whose doctors approve the drug's use. The state would have licensed the centers and issued identification cards to their staff, approved patients and their caregivers.

Gov. John Lynch vetoed the bill last spring, citing concerns over distribution and cultivation.

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