A New Hampshire representative will introduce four bills in the 2017 session that would expand the state’s current medical marijuana program. The intention of the bills is to continue the nullification of federal prohibition.
Representative Joseph Lachance completed four separate draft requests for legislation in relation to the current medical marijuana law, Tenth Amendment Center reports. Each bill is to introduce a new condition to the list of qualifying conditions. Doing so would increase the number of patients with access to medical marijuana in the state.
The four conditions to be introduced are:
- Chronic pain
- Opioid addiction
The first medical marijuana dispensary in New Hampshire opened in April 2015.
FBI data show that 99 of 100 marijuana-related arrests are in violation of state laws, not federal. New Hampshire is among the states that understand the federal law regarding marijuana, but chooses to ignore it.
Tenth Amendment Center founder, Michael Boldin said, “The lesson here is pretty straight forward. When enough people say, ‘No!’ to the federal government, and enough states pass laws backing those people up, there’s not much the feds can do to shove their so-called laws, regulations or mandates down our throats.”
As states tear down barriers regarding marijuana prohibition, the local markets expand. The four bills to be introduced in early 2017 in New Hampshire are another step forward for patients needing and wanting an alternative option for treating debilitating health conditions.