Medical marijuana poised to pass in N.H.

New Hampshire is poised to become the 19th state to allow seriously ill people to possess and use marijuana for medical reasons. The Legislature votes Wednesday on compromise legislation that would allow patients diagnosed with cancer, Crohn’s disease, and other conditions to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana obtained from dispensaries. The dispensaries could have a maximum of 80 marijuana plants, 160 seedlings, and 80 ounces of marijuana or six ounces per qualifying patient. The compromise eliminated an option for patients to also grow marijuana at home. Governor Maggie Hassan said she would not sign the bill if the home-grow provision remained. Home-grow option supporters had argued some patients need legal access to the drug now and waiting for dispensaries to start operating put them through needless suffering.