Medical marijuana advocates put question to Hanover voters

May 02, 2007

Associated Press , WCAX TV (Burlington, VT)

Hanover (New Hampshire) residents next week will vote on allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, but officials say the vote is meaningless given state law.

An article on Tuesday's Town Meeting warrant would urge Hanover police not to arrest anyone over the age of 21 for marijuana possession if the person has a doctor's note saying the drug was for therapeutic use. But Town Manager Julia Griffin says voters should understand that the resolution would be dead on arrival even if approved because state law makes any possession of marijuana illegal.

The article was written by Stuart Cooper, executive director of Livefree. Cooper said that after the group failed to get a bill on the issue passed in the Legislature it decided to focus on local initiatives.

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