Published DateCONCORD — Only five of the 18 representatives from Belknap County voted against legislation authorizing the medicinal use of marijuana, which carried the New Hampshire House of Representatives by a commanding margin of 286 to 64 this week.
House Bill 573 would sanction five dispensaries and permit qualified patients or caregivers to cultivate not more than three plants fanned a dozen seedlings for medicinal use. Patients with specified painful, debilitating or terminal medical conditions, certified by a physician, would qualify for the therapeutic use of marijuana.
Reps. Jane Cormier and Stephen Holmes of Alton, Don Flanders and Frank Tilton of Laconia and Colette Worsman of Meredith — all Republicans — voted with the minority. The remaining members of the county delegation, five Democrats — Beth Arsenault and David Huot of Laconia, Ruth Gulick of New Hampton, Ian Raymond of Sanbornton and Lisa DiMartino of Gilford — and Bob Greemore and Herb Vadney of Meredith, Chuck Fink and Michael Sylvia of Belmont, Richard Burchell of Gilmanton, Guy Comtois of Barnstead, and Dennis Fields of Sanbornton— Republicans supported the bill. Rep. Bob Luther did not vote.