Legalization of Medical Marijuana in New Hampshire
On July 23, 2013, New Hampshire legalized medical marijuana when Governor Maggie Hassan signed HB 573. On July 11, 2015 Governor Maggie Hassan signs a law that expands the medical marijuana law.
New Hampshire was the 19th state to allow some form of medical marijuana. House Bill 573, approved May 23, 2013 by Senate, 18-6, and June, 2013 by House, 284-66. It was signed into law by Gov. Maggie Hassan on July 23, 2013 and took effect upon passage. This new law was too allow seriously ill New Hampshire residents to use marijuana for medical purposes.The Compassionate and Right Policy will prevent abuse, allowing doctors to provide relief to patients through the use of appropriately regulated and dispensed medical marijuana.
Quantity of Medical Marijuana
Qualifying medical marijuana patients are allowed to possess 2 ounces of usable cannabis, directly or through designated caregivers during a 10-day period. However, patients may poses 2 ounces of usable medical marijuana at any given period of time. Patients can only be exempted from limits if their physician documents so.
Treatment of illnesses in New Hampshire
Qualifying conditions in New Hampshire include: Cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, Lou Gehrig’s disease,muscular dystrophy,Crohn’s disease,agitation of Alzheimer’s disease,multiple sclerosis,chronic pancreatitis,spinal cord injury or disease,traumatic brain injury.Also qualifying are any severely debilitating or terminal medical conditions whose treatment has produced at least one of the following:elevated intraocular pressure,cachexia,chemotherapy-induced anorexia,wasting syndrome,severe pain produced from serious side effects,constant or severe nausea,severe vomiting,seizures, orsevere, persistent muscle spasms.Additionally, the department may include, severely debilitating or terminal conditions, based upon the written request of the patient’s recommending physician.
Licensing & Supply
The Department of Health and Human Services began issuing Registry Identification Cards on Dec. 28, 2015 by mail to qualifying patients and designated caregivers whose applications had been approved.Rochester is one of three locations where growing and cultivation of marijuana plant is to be legalized in New Hampshire. New Hampshire patients will likely have to wait until the spring of 2016 before any local dispensaries being operating.