The New Hampshire Senate has put the brakes on a bill to allow people with debilitating or terminal illnesses to legally possess and use small amounts of marijuana.

The Senate voted Wednesday to postpone action on the bill that would legalize possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana if the drug is for medical purposes. Sen. Ray White, a Bedford Republican, said the Senate does not plan to vote on it this year.

The House voted 221-96 without debate in March to pass the bill. The Legislature passed a medical marijuana bill two years ago, but Gov. John Lynch vetoed it. The House voted to pass the bill over Lynch’s veto but it fell two votes short in the Senate. Lynch said he would veto the current proposal.

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