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Press Release

For Immediate Release
July 23, 2013

Communications Office

Governor Hassan's Statement on Signing HB 573

CONCORD - Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement after signing into law today House Bill 573, a measure relative to the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes:

"Allowing doctors to provide relief to patients through the use of appropriately regulated and dispensed medical marijuana is the compassionate and right policy for the State of New Hampshire, and this legislation ensures that we approach this policy in the right way with measures to prevent abuse.

"By providing strong regulatory oversight and clear dispensing guidelines, this bill addresses many of the concerns that were expressed throughout the legislative process. HB 573 legalizes the use of medical marijuana in a way that makes sense for the State of New Hampshire and gives health providers another option to help New Hampshire's seriously ill patients.

"I thank the Legislature and the numerous advocates who worked in support of this bipartisan measure for their dedication to the wellbeing of all Granite Staters."