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New Hampshire Gov. Lynch vetoes medical marijuana bill | The NORML Stash Blog

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26 responses to “New Hampshire Gov. Lynch vetoes medical marijuana bill”

  1. Texas Multiple Sclerosis Patient Receives Deferred-Adjudication Term of One Day for Possession of Marijuana | The Official Wordpress 420 Blog - Free 420 Themes, Plugins, Widgets and More!

    [...] majority approval came following renewed veto threats by Democrat Gov. John Lynch, who previously rejected a separate, more restrictive medical marijuana measure in [...]

  2. NORML News of the Week 5/3/2012

    [...] majority approval came following renewed veto threats by Democrat Gov. John Lynch, who previously rejected a separate, more restrictive medical marijuana measure in [...]

  3. Italics Mine

    Is the governor aware that the motto of New Hampshire is “Live Free or die”? And that this choice is made by a free People, not the benevolence of thy grace?

  4. Italics Mine

    Interesting. I thought that Democrats used to stand for freedom of personal usage. Now they seem to support “the establishment”. So, if they want to be closet Republicans, I guess it’s time for some new political parties that support the will of the People.

  5. NORML’s Weekly Legislative Round Up

    [...] moves to the Senate. Lawmakers in House and Senate approved similar legislation in 2009, but it was vetoed by Democrat Gov. John Lynch. More information regarding this year’s effort is available from [...]

  6. NORML.ORG – New Hampshire: House Passes Measure For State-Regulated Medical Marijuana | Colorado Dispensaries

    [...] in House and Senate approved similar legislation in 2009, but it was vetoed by Democrat Gov. John [...]

  7. NORML.ORG – New Hampshire: House Passes Measure For State-Regulated Medical Marijuana | Washington Dispensaries

    [...] in House and Senate approved similar legislation in 2009, but it was vetoed by Democrat Gov. John [...]

  8. New England New Hotbed for Marijuana Law Reform? | Marijuana & Ganja

    [...] of medical marijuana. (Similar legislation passed both the House and the Senate in 2009, but was vetoed by Governor John Lynch.) You can write your lawmakers in favor of HB 442 via NORMLs Take Action [...]

  9. Is New England The New Hotbed For Marijuana Law Reform? | Colorado Dispensaries

    [...] of medical marijuana. (Similar legislation passed both the House and the Senate in 2009, but was vetoed by Governor John Lynch.) You can write your lawmakers in favor of HB 442 via NORML’s [...]

  10. Is New England The New Hotbed For Marijuana Law Reform? | Washington Dispensaries

    [...] of medical marijuana. (Similar legislation passed both the House and the Senate in 2009, but was vetoed by Governor John Lynch.) You can write your lawmakers in favor of HB 442 via NORML’s [...]

  11. Is New England The New Hotbed For Marijuana Law Reform? | Citizens against marijuana

    [...] of medical marijuana. (Similar legislation passed both the House and the Senate in 2009, but was vetoed by Governor John Lynch.) You can write your lawmakers in favor of HB 442 via NORML’s ‘Take [...]

  12. Is New England The New Hotbed For Marijuana Law Reform? | Marijuana & Ganja

    [...] of medical marijuana. (Similar legislation passed both the House and the Senate in 2009, but was vetoed by Governor John Lynch.) You can write your lawmakers in favor of HB 442 via NORMLs Take Action [...]

  13. Is New England The New Hotbed For Marijuana Law Reform? - Paul Armentano at Chelsea Green

    [...] of medical marijuana. (Similar legislation passed both the House and the Senate in 2009, but was vetoed by Governor John Lynch.) You can write your lawmakers in favor of HB 442 via NORML’s ‘Take [...]

  14. New Hampshire Legislature Considers Regulating Medical Marijuana | The NORML Stash Blog

    [...] legislation passed both the House and the Senate in 2009, but was vetoed by Governor [...]

  15. William Reese

    Hello friends and family members,

    (Sorry for the out of sequence events in the order of this message – I’m not yet recovered from what happened)

    Things were not going well before, but now I have some really BAD news.

    It all started when my partner John’s car was repossessed in August this year.

    Since we had no car, Mom agreed to give me her 1998 Oldsmobile, so I flew up to Texas to get it (Wed. Oct. 21). Eight days later, I was driving home to Florida and was profiled by the police in Mississippi as a single person in a car driving through the state with just a driver, no passenger. Unfortunately I had some marijuana in the car. (I know, some of you are very against that – my bad…) I was arrested while driving through a tiny town named New Augusta, Mississippi last Wed. eve. at 9:58 p.m.. I was about 30 miles from where I had planned to stop for the night at a motel in another tiny town named Lucedale Mississippi.

    The police and narcotics officers were very mean to me. They yelled at me for a couple of hours straight; very intimidating. They were looking for money. They took the car apart trying to find hidden cash. The entire event was VERY expensive and was totally dehumanizing. I was treated like an animal. While they interrogated me they withheld all my meds including my diabetes medicine, high blood pressure medicine, and pain medicine, trying to get me to tell them where the rest of the dope and money was hidden in the car. There wasn’t any more than what they initially found. I had just enough money for gas and a motel and just under 4 ounces of pot, which would have been a misdemeanor, but they claim I had over 4 ounces which is a felony.

    After the finger printing and all that stuff, they made me strip and sprayed me for lice with DDT which stung my skin. They made me wear some uncomfortable black and white striped pants and shirt, which were dirty and smelled like B.O. and were way too small.

    In addition to the pot charge ($25,000 bail), they gave me 2 driving tickets for careless driving and a DUI even though I passed the roadside test. They also gave me 3 counts of paraphernalia for 3 packs of cigarette rolling papers ($1000 bail for each pack). I was driving just under the speed limit in a VERY straight line. I was not intoxicated at all. I’m not sure of the exact amount, but the bond was around $3,000.

    Thank you to those who contributed. I am now forever grateful and will never forget it and will be your indentured servant.

    While I was incarcerated, items were stolen from the car. When they let me out they let me get my clothes from the car, which was the only thing I was allowed to get out of there. That was when I discovered all the missing items. There was a $300 pair of prescription glasses in the car that went missing and they kept my GPS, many other items, and the car title, which was signed by mom, but not by me. I don’t know how they can keep it since it was not yet my car. There was $100 worth of groceries in the car and there were many other items, including an ice chest and a Christmas tree stand, which they specifically made a big deal out of my not getting to keep (?).

    I did not get raped while in jail. As a joke the cellmates nicknamed me “kingpin.”

    There is so much more, so many details. What a horrible experience. And I’m back at square one, stuck in Cape Coral with no money, no car, no way to get back to Mississippi to show up for sign-ins and the trial.

    At one point I almost had a stroke. They wouldn’t give me my blood pressure medicine.

    There were prescription drugs missing from my meds bag. Trustees were allowed to go through my car. I was told the best I can expect is to forfeit Mom’s car and be banished from the state. I need legal help, but can’t afford anything, even meds and food.

    My main customer cut me off in April this year and both John and I have not been able to get jobs. The unemployment rate has skyrocketed here. We are relying on John’s social security, which is $1200 a month. Thank you Mr. Bush.

    To make matters worse, the battery was dead in my cell phone, so I was out of touch with John.

    The bail bondsman paid for my bus ticket home and kind strangers gave me food on the 2 day bus trip home, which is normally a 10-hour drive from there. Yes, I accepted half eaten food from strangers – with swine flu going around.

    The bondsman told me I’m going to be offered a plea bargain of banishment, which means they keep the car and I can never come back to within 100 miles of that county and/or neighboring counties in the state of Mississippi. He also said that another client was offered the same deal for 2 large blocks of methamphetamine otherwise known as ice that weighed over 2 pounds. This is so unfair.

    A trustee told me he was in jail for exactly the same thing as I was and was serving 7 years because he refused the same plea bargain, however, I’m convinced there was more to his story.

    Before the trip I had read on the NORML website that medical pot had been legalized in Mississippi.

    These hicks stuck me in a cell with some hardened criminals, some of whom had been in there for years. Thank god the cell mates happened to be christians and they prayed for me instead of beating the crap out of me. I could hear a guy being gang-raped in the next cell for hours one night. He had some kind of head injury – I could see bloody bandages on his head through a little window. People were stuck in this jail in this little town that extorts money from family members of the inmates. They have to pay for personal items like toothbrushes. I was unable to brush my teeth the whole time and did not dare shower or take a shit for fear of being raped while I was naked or had my pants down. I did not sleep the whole time.

    The cells were not behind open bars; they were in enclosed rooms, cinder block cells with 13 blocks from floor to cement ceiling. The jailers could not see what went on inside unless they opened 2 locked doors with a man-cage in between. The prisoners all smoked tobacco all day long even though they aren’t supposed to. They had a spray bottle containing toluene mixed with cleaning chemicals which they sprayed at the door and air vents to cover up the smell. The tobacco and other contraband was snuck in by the trustees. The 1st thing the cell maters told me was “what happens in the cell stays in the cell.” They passed contraband items under the cell doors using a flattened toilet paper tube attached to a string.

    Trustees are prisoners who earned special privileges for good behavior and have been there for at least a year. They pass out the food through a little slot, along with unallowed items, mainly tobacco.

    I plan to write a book about the experience. I was in jail from Wednesday night through Saturday morning. It was overcrowded and there were 7 men in my cell, 4 whites and 3 blacks. The food was pig slop. I heard some chilling stories.

    Thank you to all who helped raise money for my bond. I would have been in there for at least a year if I was unable to get help with the bond. I have upcoming trips to make back there or the bondsman will come here to get me and take me back there to jail to serve a sentence. I have to go back there to sign a document once a month until my trial, then I have to be there for my trial. The dates for the sign-ins are not set yet and I’m unclear about the trial date, but I think it is in the 1st week of January.

    Me and Mom went through all kinds of trouble getting the car ready for me to drive home, and Darryl and Virginia bought me groceries. Getting the car involved all kinds of hassles. Many people tried to help me and John and I made a really stupid and selfish decision when I tried to bring pot in the car. My life has spiraled out of control. Things have changed forever. My life will never be the same. John and I had made this trip several times a year every year for the past 21 years with no problems except a couple of speeding tickets.

    I had never been arrested before this. Now me and John have to continue to rely on a couple of friends here for rides to the store to get groceries. That happens about once a week. I had planned to come to TX for Thanksgiving with Darryl and Virginia and possibly with family, and to go to a Dr. appointment. We also had planned to be there for Xmas. One of our cats needs a trip to the vet.

    My address follows if anyone can help in any way. Our main concern right now is getting a car. I will never transport anything illegal ever again – EVER. I hope some of you will take this as a warning. I would feel really bad to hear of this happening to anyone I know.

    I’m so sorry to send this news. I love you all. Please forward this message to anyone you want.

    Peace and Love,
    From your good friend, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, 2nd cousin,
    Bill Reese, Cape Coral, Florida

    Phone numbers:
    (H) 941-244-6498
    (C) 239-699-3138 (battery currently dead, no charger)

    William Reese
    4929 Edith Esplanade
    Cape Coral, FL 33904-5617

  16. New Hampshire legislature looking at override of governor’s medical marijuana veto | NORML Daily Audio Stash

    [...] is that “bad news”?  No right to grow your own medicine, a three-center monopoly on medical marijuana, a ridiculous limit of two ounces every ten days, and [...]

  17. Governors can be spineless

    [...] to prescribed medications to possess and use (but not grow) medicinal cannabis. Lawmakers added the controversial, last-minute restrictions to the bill in an effort to gain the Governor’s support. Yet despite [...]

  18. J.W.

    Democrat? Republican? Did you want gray? Or grey?

  19. ray

    Thanks Russ for letting me know that he is a Democrat, I feel a little silly….I did check his personal site for party affiliation…but didn’t see which party he was with….he sure votes like a Republican, so I assumed….which, of course is normally not a good idea.

  20. Stash for Fri, Jul 10, 2009 | NORML Daily Audio Stash

    [...] New Hampshire Gov. Lynch vetoes medical marijuana bill [...]

  21. Want To Know Why Marijuana Is Illegal? Ask Governor John Lynch (Or Ask Your Own Governor)

    [...] to prescribed medications to possess and use (but not grow) medicinal cannabis. Lawmakers added the controversial, last-minute restrictions to the bill in an effort to gain the Governor’s support. Yet [...]

  22. Ken Wolski

    Thanks for the great column, Russ. You are absolutely right-after the experience of 13 years of medical marijuana being used by hundreds of thousands of patients and recommended by thousands of licensed physicians you would think the laws would be getting better, not worse.

    Here in New Jersey, we’re working to restore the original provisions of the bill (S119), not pass on to the governor for his signature the highly restictive version that passed out of the assembly health committee last month.

    Wish us luck.

  23. WakeUpDead

    Put this Governors name on the list for the war crimes we should bring about after we win this War on Citizens. Really, how can this happen anyhow, where did we ever agree to a King running a state, that they can make or break laws when they choose, because they want too?

    I would be voting this A-hole out first thing next election, let him know why you did too. Because he set policy based on his personal beliefs and sent thousands to suffer, seeking treatment in a criminal run black market!

  24. ray

    I’m hurting…by another Republican governor…the House wants it, the people want it, the Senate wants it, the sick want it….and this Republican scum governor vetos all their efforts….he is breaking my heart…. :-( :-( :-( :-( ….I hope these heartless bastards are proud…what the fuck is wrong with them?

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