Nov 042015
 November 4, 2015

new hampshire medical marijuanaA 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.

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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  9 Responses to “New Hampshire Cancer Patient To File Suit Against State Over Medical Marijuana Access”

  1.  

    Anyone see this about Mexico ? Some progress made

    The Mexican Supreme Court opened the door to legalizing marijuana on Wednesday, delivering a pointed challenge to the nation’s strict substance abuse laws and adding its weight to the growing debate in Latin America over the costs and consequences of the war against drugs.Stories from Our Advertisers

    The vote by the court’s criminal chamber declared that individuals should have the right to grow and distribute marijuana for their personal use. While the ruling does not strike down current drug laws, it lays the groundwork for a wave of legal actions that could ultimately rewrite them, proponents of legalization say
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/05/world/americas/mexico-supreme-court-marijuana-ruling.html?_r=1

  2.  

    God bless him, and God bless the guys who put out this blog.
    This is a Scientific, Medical, and above all else, a MORAL issue.
    It is a MORAL issue at the level that ending segregation was one and that the fight for equal rights for all people remains.
    Denying life saving medicine to Americans who need it goes against everything that America stands for — because above all else, AMERICA stands for human rights.
    When get in trouble is when we lose sight of that.
    Every American with Cancer deserves the right to have safe, legal, access to Medical Marijuana.
    Every. Single. One.
    We need to never lose sight of that fact and we all need to do everything we can to help make that happen.
    Caner Patients Can’t Wait.

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      Putting crack heads and heroin junkies in jail is just as immoral as putting an obese person with heart disease in jail…or a gay person….or a African person.

      Putting a healthy person in jail for drug use is not “less immoral” than doing it to a unhealthy person.

  3.  

    Is two years any surprise? Legislators won’t move on anything, not even for the dying unless there is money or votes in it for them.

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      There are more poor dying people who lack access to basic health care than people who say they need pot.

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        The snark in your “people who say they need pot” works both ways. Many people who would benefit from MMJ aren’t aware of it, and medicinal use of cannabis is only beginning to be systematically explored.

        And poor people would benefit more than anyone from greater use of MMJ, especially once the price normalizes, and it’s covered by insurance.

  4.  

    The lady isn’t growing what is clearly not “medical necessity”

    This is the stuff which should get your panties up in a bunch..

    Not stories of a near death candidate with 100 plants..that is clearly not “medical necessity” and despite their dire condition, they are distributing.

  5.  

    2 years and they haven’t issued cards yet? God damn these fascist pigs, hope the sadistic governor needs medicinal marijuana herself real soon..

  6.  

    THIS YEAR 1.6 MILLION AMERICANS WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER.
    HALF OF THEM WILL EVENTUALLY DIE OF IT.

    IF YOU’RE AN AMERICAN MAN, YOU’VE GOT A 1 OUT OF 2 CHANCE OF GETTING CANCER AND A 1 OUT OF 2 CHANCE OF DYING FROM IT.

    Every American with Cancer deserves the right to safe, legal, access to Medical Marijuana.
    Every. Single. One.

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