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Letter: Card games

In July 2013, Gov. Maggie Hassan signed RSA 126-X, “Use of Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes,” into law.

It’s been more than a year and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the law’s implementation, refuses to issue patient identification cards.

Its reasons are that it can’t issue cards because there are no treatment centers set up in the state.

According to the department, patients can only obtain a card after the centers are established. Nowhere in RSA 126-X is there language stating that the centers need to be set up first.

By not allowing patients to access an identification card, patients using medical marijuana run the risk of danger and abuse in the black market. If the state established a procedure for setting up the centers and simultaneously issued the identification cards, patients would be able to avoid the potential for trouble.

Even if the centers weren’t ready, patients with the identification card could legally obtain safe medical marijuana from other states where reciprocal laws are allowed.

MARIANNE O’CONNOR

Nashua

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