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Nov 5, 2015 5:54 PM

Landrigan: Terminally-ill woman takes NH to court to get access to medical marijuana


CONCORD - "This is my final crusade, and I’m not going to stop until we’ve accomplished our goal, not just for myself but for every other sick person in this state who qualifies.’’

Linda Horan’s last battle is for life - suffering from terminal stage 4 lung cancer, and the state denied her an ID card so she can go to Maine to get and take medical marijuana for pain.

So she sued the state today.

"What we’re hoping here is the state will do what’s medically, ethically, morally and legally the proper thing to do which is to give people the medicine who need the medicine,’’ says Paul Twomey, Horan’s lawyer.

State officials say they won’t give out cards until the state’s own pot dispensaries open likely early in 2016.

"It’s outrageous that at this point in time - 28 months after the Legislature passed a medical marijuana law - that not a single card has been issued,’’ says State Rep. Renny Cushing, D-Hampton, and a prominent backer of the medical pot law.

A lifetime union organizer, Horan agrees there’s an appropriate irony she’s at the center of this controversy.

"It’s so appropriate for me, and it’s really actually buoying me and making me feel better to have one last crusade, one last fight,’’ Horan said.

There’s something fitting Linda Horan would have her last crusade here someone who spent decades fighting for social justice.’’


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