NH medical marijuana advisory panel meeting

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Three months after New Hampshire lawmakers voted to allow seriously ill people to possess and use marijuana for medical reasons, an advisory committee charged with helping implement the law is holding its first meeting.

The 15-member panel established by the law will meet Thursday in Concord to organize. The panel’s charge is help the state write rules to implement the law, track how the law works, recommend changes to lawmakers and issue a report in five years on whether the law should be continued or repealed.

The law allows patients diagnosed with cancer, Crohn’s disease and other conditions to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana obtained from dispensaries.

To qualify for medical marijuana, a person has to be a patient of the prescribing doctor for at least 90 days, have tried other remedies and have exhibited certain symptoms. Only New Hampshire residents qualify.

The law also allows establishment of four medical marijuana dispensaries.

Gov. Maggie Hassan signed the law after lawmakers agreed to drop a provision allowing the patients to grow marijuana at home. The compromise also dropped post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition.

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