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March 20, 2013

NH House passes medical marijuana bill

CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire residents hoping to use marijuana to treat symptoms of serious illnesses are getting support from the House, which has passed a proposal sanctioning five dispensaries and allowing patients or caregivers to grow up to three adult marijuana plants.

The House voted 286-64 today to pass a medical marijuana bill with a veto-proof majority. It's the fourth time in six years such a bill has passed the House.

Former Gov. John Lynch vetoed two previous bills and a third was killed in the Senate. Gov. Maggie Hassan has said she would sign a tightly regulated medical marijuana bill.

Senate Republican Leader Jeb Bradley has said there's support in the Senate for a medical marijuana bill, but added the House's version will likely be sent back with significant changes.

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