about medical marijuana
in New Hampshire
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This is How You Will Get a Medical Marijuana Card in New Hampshire
The Status of Cannabis Legalization in New Hampshire
Cannabis in New Hampshire is illegal for recreational use and is decriminalized for possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce as of July 18, 2017. But it is permitted for medical use.
New Hampshire is making slow but steady progress toward joining its neighboring New England states Massachusetts and Vermont in legalizing recreational marijuana. The state has allowed medical marijuana since 2013 and decriminalized possession of a small amount in 2017. Medical cannabis is overseen and regulated by the Therapeutic Cannabis Program of the Department of Health and Human.
Medical marijuana may be purchased at one (1) of four (4) dispensaries, called Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs), located in Dover, Merrimack, Lebanon, and Plymouth.
Patients must have qualifying conditions and exhibit debilitating or severe symptoms. New Hampshire recognizes the following conditions:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis(ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease
- Chronic pancreatitis
- Crohn’s disease
- Hepatitis C for patients currently receiving antiviral treatment
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscular dystrophy
- Parkinson’s disease
- Spinal cord injury or disease
- Traumatic brain injury
- One or more injuries that significantly interferes with daily activities as documented by the patient’s provider.
Additionally, the condition must be severely debilitating or terminal, or its treatment has produced at least one of the following symptoms:
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
- Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
- Chemotherapy-induced anorexia
- Constant or severe nausea
- Elevated intraocular pressure, or glaucoma
- Moderate to severe vomiting
- Severe, persistent muscle spasms
- Severe pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures, or for which other treatment options produce serious side effects.
Qualified patients must be New Hampshire residents 18 years or older and complete an application. For minors, a parent or legal guardian must apply. A Written Certification for the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis from a qualified medical professional must also be provided. The patient and provider must have an ongoing relationship of at least three (3) months, with some exceptions. There is a $50 application fee, plus medical charges. Gifting of medical marijuana is illegal.