NH to begin issuing medical marijuana ID cards

A terminally ill woman who successfully sued New Hampshire for the right to legally purchase medical marijuana has accomplished that aim.

New Hampshire patients who qualify for medical marijuana will begin receiving identification cards needed to legally purchase and possess cannabis as early as next week.

State health officials said they'll begin issuing the cards Monday. New Hampshire's medical marijuana dispensaries won't begin operating until the spring. The cards will allow qualifying patients to legally possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana, meaning they could buy it in other states without fear of facing charges.

The decision to issue cards comes after a woman with terminal cancer sued the state for access to an identification card so she could buy marijuana in Maine. She won the case, prompting the attorney general to advise the state to give out cards before the dispensaries open.

The Legislature approved medical marijuana in 2013....

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