New Hampshire lawmakers override governor’s medical cannabis veto

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Certified New Hampshire patients soon will have the ability to buy medical marijuana even if they haven’t had the same doctor for three months – a development that could provide a sales boost to the state’s small MMJ market.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a bill last month to eliminate the waiting period, but both the House and Senate voted Thursday to override his veto.

In his veto message, Sununu said he believed a strong provider-patient relationship is necessary to ensure proper treatment.

But lawmakers who supported the bill argued that it was unfair to make patients wait three months when no such rules apply to far more dangerous drugs, including opioids.

The 2019 Marijuana Business Factbook projects New Hampshire’s medical cannabis sales will reach $20 million-$25 million this year, up from an estimated $15 million-$20 million in 2018.

Roughly 8,000 patients are certified in the program.

– Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily