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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Medical marijuana officially legal, Royal prince won’t steal N.H. mom’s thunder

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)

Gov. Maggie Hassan officially signed the bill yesterday legalizing medical marijuana.

According to the new law, a patient would have to be diagnosed by a doctor and would be allowed to purchase up to 2 ounces of the drug from a nonprofit dispensary.

But even though New Hampshire is the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana, the law is among the strictest the nation.

Among the approximately twenty initially approved conditions to qualify for medical marijuana treatment are cancer and Crohn’s disease.

It could also take up to two years for any of the four allowed dispensaries to open.

Now that it’s legal, will medical marijuana use become a major issue in the 2016 First in the Nation Primary?

In other news

∎ Lindsay Spinetto, 31, a New Hampshire morning show host gave birth yesterday to a son, and said she was fine sharing the day with Kate Middleton.

∎ A newlywed woman from Minnesota was killed in New Hampshire by a drunk driver.

∎ Have you noticed all the mosquitoes this season?

∎ 2016 update: Rep. Peter King is heading to the Granite State; Rand Paul and immigration reform are polling well here.

∎ State Rep. Kyle Tasker, a Republican, commented on Facebook that he needs alcohol to meet with Democrats.

∎ A Salem job fair is a attracting a ton of job seekers.

∎ N.H. Republicans in the Legislature have blocked the state from participating in a federally funded expansion of the Medicaid program.

∎ A Maine man was caught in New Hampshire with 22 pounds of marijuana.

∎ 500-plus educators are at Keene State College to brainstorm innovations in education and how best to measure their results.

∎ Reading programs have become popular during this hot summer.

∎ Golfers have hit the links for the N.H. Open.

∎ Are you planning a wedding in the Granite State?

(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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