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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Medical marijuana gets okay, Nashua couple stabbed to death

  • Buds of marijuana are shown before being placed into packets for sale at the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Clinic in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 19, 2009. Pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers should not be targeted for federal prosecution in states that allow medical marijuana, prosecutors were told Monday in a new policy memo issued by the Justice Department. Under the policy spelled out in a three-page legal memo, federal prosecutors are being told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Buds of marijuana are shown before being placed into packets for sale at the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Clinic in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 19, 2009. Pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers should not be targeted for federal prosecution in states that allow medical marijuana, prosecutors were told Monday in a new policy memo issued by the Justice Department. Under the policy spelled out in a three-page legal memo, federal prosecutors are being told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

  • A worker at the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Clinic prepares packets of marijuana buds for sale in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 19, 2009. Pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers should not be targeted for federal prosecution in states that allow medical marijuana, prosecutors were told Monday in a new policy memo issued by the Justice Department. Under the policy spelled out in a three-page legal memo, federal prosecutors are being told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    A worker at the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Clinic prepares packets of marijuana buds for sale in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 19, 2009. Pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers should not be targeted for federal prosecution in states that allow medical marijuana, prosecutors were told Monday in a new policy memo issued by the Justice Department. Under the policy spelled out in a three-page legal memo, federal prosecutors are being told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

  • Buds of marijuana are shown before being placed into packets for sale at the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Clinic in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 19, 2009. Pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers should not be targeted for federal prosecution in states that allow medical marijuana, prosecutors were told Monday in a new policy memo issued by the Justice Department. Under the policy spelled out in a three-page legal memo, federal prosecutors are being told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
  • A worker at the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Clinic prepares packets of marijuana buds for sale in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 19, 2009. Pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers should not be targeted for federal prosecution in states that allow medical marijuana, prosecutors were told Monday in a new policy memo issued by the Justice Department. Under the policy spelled out in a three-page legal memo, federal prosecutors are being told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

After a lengthy back-and-forth battle, medical marijuana has moved one step closer to becoming legal in the Granite State.

Gov. Maggie Hassan has backed a the legislation after the N.H. Senate removed two provisions that would allow qualifying patients to grow their own marijuana and that would permit doctors to prescribe cannabis to treat PTSD.

The House agreed with the compromise.

New Hampshire is now set to become the 19th state (and last state in New England) to legalize medical marijuana and the law would allow for up to four marijuana dispensaries to open as soon as 2015.

Illinois is also poised to legalize marijuana, however, it seems the more recent the legalization of medical marijuana, the tighter the restrictions.

What do you think? Was legalizing marijuana in the Granite State a good idea?

In other news

∎ The Nashua police say the elderly couple found dead in their home were stabbed to death.

∎ Bedford is the only town in the Granite State with Moody’s Investors Service's highest rating.

∎ The boating industry has been kind to New Hampshire.

 The New Hampshire Liquor Commission launched its second year of its Summer Fun Tour on June 15.

∎ The state garden club has a new leader.

∎ The Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery has been named the 2013 Business Leader, New Hampshire State Champion, for energy efficiency.

 A Lyme home is the Wall Street Journal’s House of the Day.

∎ Sign me up. A couple of friends from Hanover have decided to try to make a very unique wiffle ball stadium – but they’re going need some help.

∎ The Well School grilling team (comprised of sixth- through eighth-graders) did great at Monadnock Up in Smoke BBQ Festival competition, winning first prize for its burgers.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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