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Nov 12, 2015 4:39 PM

Judge considers terminally ill NH woman's request to buy medical marijuana in Maine

CONCORD - A judge is weighing whether a terminally ill woman should be allowed to purchase medical marijuana in Maine, while New Hampshire dispensaries are months away from operation.

Linda Horan of Alstead has stage IV lung cancer. She likely won't be alive by the time the state opens it's four approved dispensaries.

Horan's attorney is arguing his client should be given immunity because she has followed the law by filling out an application for a New Hampshire issued medical marijuana ID. When the law passed in 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services anticipated the dispensaries to open in about a year and a half.

The state does not want to grant Horan's request, stating there would be no clear way to track the usage of the drug if purchased out of state.

"They want to be able to track where the cannabis is coming from, who its going to, and to ensure the patients who receive it get a high quality product and are informed of all the educational medical related information," said Assistant Attorney General Frank Fredericks.

Horan says she cannot wait for dispensaries to open and she wants an alternative to heavy narcotics.

"I want the state to stop dragging their feet over technicalities when you're talking about sick people," Horan said. "Terminally ill people who don't have time for attorneys to fight."

Four dispensaries have been approved:

- Dover

- Merrimack

- Lebanon

- Plymouth

Dispensaries should be open no later than March of 2016, Fredericks said.

The judge has given both parties until November 19th to submit any relevant information on obtaining medical marijuana out of state. A decision is expected by next week.

Watch Horan's plea to Gov. Hassan below:

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