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Nov 25, 2015 4:59 PM

Landrigan: The impact of medical marijuana access law in NH is far reaching

CONCORD - A judge’s ruling on access to medical marijuana sets an important precedent that could help dozens of sick people gain access to the drug before New Hampshire dispensaries open.

Linda Horan is terminally ill with stage 4 lung cancer and knows the impact of this ruling will likely last longer than she will.

"I am not going to be here for long and there are so many others, I think there was estimated 2,000 to 5,000 people will qualify,’’ Horan tells NH1 News during a telephone interview.

In his decision Tuesday, Merrimack County Superior Court Judge Richard McNamara described Horan’s condition saying, "There is no dispute therapeutic cannabis can ameliorate some of her suffering, she will suffer irreparable harm if relief is not granted.’’

And Horan she was confident the court would agree with her.

"It’s the right thing to do and it’s the human thing to do and it was the will of the legislature back in 2013,’’ Horan adds.

On Wednesday, the state Health and Human Services Department quickly complied with the court order turning the care for Horan over to her lawyer, Paul Twomey.

"The first identification card in New Hampshire is now in my lawyer’s hands as we speak,’’ a happy Horan says on a day in which she received more hospital treatment.

The state plans to open four dispensaries for medical marijuana in Dover, Plymouth, Lebanon and Merrimack but the earliest date for the first one is next February.

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