New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Card Laws
June 17, 2016
New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Card
The passing of House Bill 573, on May 23, 2013, authorized the use of therapeutic cannabis in the state of New Hampshire. It also establishes a medical marijuana card registry system and allows for the registration of up to four non-profit alternative treatment centers in the state, and establishes an affirmative defense for qualified patients and designated caregivers with valid registry identification medical marijuana cards.
Unfortunately, it may potentially take up to two years before any of the four alternative treatment centers begin serving New Hampshire’s medical marijuana patients. Please note that these time approximations are only estimated and are not declared by state lawmakers or New Hampshire’s governing body. This is an approximation of time that states typically take to implement a properly functioning medical marijuana program.
A valid medical marijuana card from another medical marijuana state will also be recognized by New Hampshire law, allowing the visiting patient to possess cannabis for therapeutic purposes, but the “visiting qualifying patient shall not cultivate or purchase cannabis in New Hampshire or obtain cannabis from alternative treatment centers…”
On Monday, December 28, 2015, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services began issuing Registry Identification Cards to approved qualifying patients and designated caregivers, by mail. A New Hampshire medical marijuana card is a form of personal identification that is issued by the DHSS to a qualifying patient, personal caregiver, or dispensary agent.
The New Hampshire medical marijuana card shall verify that a medical practitioner has provided a written certification to the qualifying patient, that the patient has designated the individual as a personal caregiver, or that a medical treatment center has met the terms of law. The New Hampshire medical marijuana card shall also serve to identify individuals that are exempt from New Hampshire criminal and civil penalties for conduct pursuant to the medical use of marijuana, for the DHSS and law enforcement.
HOW TO GET A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
- Patients must be at least 18 years of age.
- Patients must be a resident in the state of New Hampshire with proof of residency. If you do not have a New Hampshire I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc is acceptable.
- The qualifying patient must have been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition — *Find a certified
- To qualify for a New Hampshire medical marijuana card, a patient must be diagnosed by a physician as having one of the following debilitating medical conditions that is specifically identified under state law: cancer, glaucoma, HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) / AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), hepatitis C, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), muscular dystrophy, Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic pancreatitis, a spinal cord injury or disease and any traumatic brain injury. Patients may also qualify for medical marijuana if they suffer from a severely debilitating or terminal medical condition or its treatment that has produced at least one of the following negative side effects:
- Cancer, glaucoma, HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) / AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), hepatitis C, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), muscular dystrophy, Crohn’s diseasee, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic pancreatitis, a spinal cord injury or disease, a traumatic brain injury, or one or more injuries that significantly interferes with a patient’s daily activities as documented by the patient’s licensed medical practitioner
Patients may also qualify for medical marijuana if they suffer from a severely debilitating or terminal medical condition or its treatment that has produced at least one of the following negative side effects:
- elevated intraocular pressure, cachexia (or wasting syndrome), chemotherapy induced anorexia, severe pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects, constant or severe nausea, moderate to severe vomiting, seizures including epilepsy, or severe and persistent muscle spasms.
- Patients must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your primary care physician describing the diagnosis of the patient’s qualifying condition. Ensure to bring the records to the marijuana evaluation appointment —
- Once the physician has registered the patient with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) as a qualifying patient, the patient must obtain a Medical Marijuana card from the state of New Hampshire’s Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Program:
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
Therapeutic Cannabis Program
129 Pleasant Street, Brown Building, Concord, NH 03301-3857