New Hampshire Cancer Patient To File Suit Against State Over Medical Marijuana Access

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A terminal cancer patient seeking access to medical marijuana will file a lawsuit Thursday in Merrimack County Superior Court against New Hampshire Commissioner of Health and Human Services Nicholas Toumpas.

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Linda Horan of Alstead, who is suffering from Stage 4 lung cancer, filed a pre-registration application to participate in New Hampshire's medical marijuana program after receiving approval from all five of her physicians. She wants to receive a medical marijuana ID card that will allow her to obtain medical marijuana legally in Maine and protect her from arrest and prosecution in New Hampshire.

Horan will hold a news conference Thursday at 10 a.m. in front of the Merrimack County Courthouse just prior to filing the lawsuit. She will be joined by her attorney, Paul Twomey, as well as State Rep. Renny Cushing (D-Hampton) and New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Glenn Brackett.

Gov. Maggie Hassan signed New Hampshire's medical marijuana program into law on July 23, 2013, but patients are still at risk of arrest and prosecution because program ID cards have not been issued. Horan pled her case directly to Gov. Hassan on September 7 after receiving a lifetime achievement award during the New Hampshire AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast. A video of her statement is available at https://youtu.be/KNj_SwYtWe8?t=3m20s.

"The state simply needs to issue me an ID card so that I can access the medicine that I need," Horan said. "It's hard to imagine why it would take more than two years for that. There are seriously ill people throughout New Hampshire who are suffering every day they go without it."

When: Thursday, November 5, 10 a.m. ET

Where: Merrimack County Courthouse, 163 N. Main St., Concord

Who: Linda Horan, Alstead woman with Stage 4 lung cancer

Paul Twomey, Ms. Horan's attorney

Rep. Renny Cushing

Glenn Brackett, president of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO

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