Senate To Vote Again On Medical Marijuana Measure – Three Additional Senate Votes Needed To Override Governor’s Expected Veto
By a supermajority vote, members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives have once again approved Senate Bill 409, which allows for the limited use and cultivation of marijuana for medicinal purposes by qualified patients.
On Wednesday, May 16, House members overwhelmingly re-approved SB 409 by a 228 to 91 vote after making minor amendments to the bill. House members had previously endorsed the measure in April in a 236 to 96 vote.
The vote tally is sufficient to override an expected veto by Democrat Gov. John Lynch.
The measure now returns to the Senate for a concurrence vote. This upcoming vote is pivotal. In March, member of the Republican-led New Hampshire State Senate voted 13-11 in favor of Senate Bill 409. (You can watch lawmakers reaction to the vote here.) However, support from three additional senators will be necessary to override the Governor’s expected veto.
A roll call of the Senate’s March 28 vote is available from MPP here. If your Senator previously voted ‘yes’ on SB 409, please contact and thank him or her and encourage them to continue supporting this important measure. But if your Senator was one of the 11 ‘no’ votes, then it is vital that you contact him or her today and urge them to consider voting ‘yes’ on SB 409.
Additional information regarding this campaign is available from NH Compassion here.