23 Legal States

New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Card

New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Card Program

The passing of House Bill 573 authorizes 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 will be approximately a full year before patients can apply for New Hampshire medical marijuana cards, and it will take potentially two years before any of the four alternative treatment centers will be able to 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 would typically take to implement and have a properly functioning medical marijuana program.

A valid medical marijuana card from another medical marijuana state will also be recognized by New Hampshire law as 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..."


  1. 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, a positive status for 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.

  2. Patients also have to be at least 18 years of age.
  3. Patients must be a resident of New Hampshire with proof of residency.


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. This 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. This New Hampshire marijuana card shall identify for the DHSS and law enforcement that individuals are exempt from New Hampshire criminal and civil penalties for conduct pursuant to the medical use of marijuana.