Sunday February 10, 2013

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Twice in four years, New Hampshire lawmakers passed bills to legalize medicinal use of marijuana only to be blocked by the governor's vetoes, but the state could become the 19th to pass such a law this year with the new governor's blessing.

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan voted as a state senator four years ago to override one of the vetoes. Spokesman Marc Goldberg says Hassan has not changed her support on tightly controlled, medicinal use of marijuana.

That has given new hope to people like 27-year-old Clayton Holton of Rochester. He suffers from a rare form of muscular dystrophy that causes wasting syndrome and complete muscle loss. Holton weighs only 66 pounds and uses marijuana to simulate his appetite.