A New Hampshire woman with late stage lung cancer has filed a lawsuit against the Health Commissioner. It was opened in the hope that a medical marijuana ID card be grantedbefore issuing offices this Thursday.
Under a law passed two years ago, people can purchase marijuana with the consent of their physicians along as they comply with a limited number of diseases and medical conditions. The Department of Health and Human Services started applications this week from patients and their relatives, but identification cards will not be issued until the Alternative Treatment Centers received authorization to start dispensing marijuana.
Four centers are expected to open early next year, but Linda Horan, of Alstead, wants her card now. In Maine,registration card patients have to obtain it in their home countries
Horan, who lodged her comnplaint in Merrimack County Superior Court, was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in July. She said she and other seriously ill people are suffering daily without their cards.
After its application, all five of their doctors have found, they would qualify for medical marijuana having met the condition criteria anxiety, lack of sleep ,nausea, and severe weight loss.
“This is my last crusade,” Horan said, a retired phone company worker and longtime union activist. “I asked them to stores offering compassion and care to do the right thing :. Make medical marijuana available for patients who qualify and who will benefit from it”
Her lawyer said Horan would first try marijuana through an evaporator, it’s less harmful than when it is smoked or ingested, but because of her lung cancer, she would probably take edible pot products.
Horan argued in the lawsuit that nothing in the law mandates registration cards to be retained by dispensaries and that the regulations of the department require applications to be processed within 15 days.
“What we have here is someone who spent her whole life fighting for justice and dignity for working class people. She’s at a point in her life where she isuffering from a debilitating disease, and should have access to medical marijuana.This legislation had been passedin New Hampshire two years ago” said. Renny Cushing, one of the sponsors of the 2013 Act. “It is outrageous that this stance was adopted at that point in time, 28 months after the legislation was passed, not a single card has been issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.”
Health Commissioner Nick Toumpas said that lawmakers expected such a complex program would require careful implementation, and that his department has worked diligently to ensure that it would have “the highest level of operational capability.” This work has included the recruitment of staff to manage the program, public hearings in communities where they open dispensaries and treatment centers.