The good news is that the compromise version of HB 573 was signed into law Tuesday, July 23.
Unfortunately, it will probably be a full year before patients can apply for ID cards, and it will probably be two years before any of the four alternative treatment centers will be able to begin serving patients. Gov. Hassan insisted that legislators remove the provision allowing patients to grow their own plants, so no patient will have safe, legal access until alternative treatment centers open.
Additionally, Gov. Hassan insisted on the removal of post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition, and she insisted on the removal of an affirmative defense provision that would have protected patients if they are arrested before ID cards are available. Read more »