Updated on April 9, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
Therapeutic Cannabis Program
129 Pleasant Street, Brown Building
Concord, NH 03301-3857
Phone: (603) 271-9333
Website: New Hampshire Therapeutic Cannabis Program
Note from State, on sources for medical marijuana
“There will be four Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs) operating in New Hampshire. The ATCs will be located in Dover, Merrimack, Lebanon, and Plymouth. A Qualifying Patient may select any of the ATCs but may select only one at any given time. A Qualifying Patient will be allowed to purchase cannabis only from the ATC he or she has selected. No Alternative Treatment Center in New Hampshire is open for business at this time. It is expected that they will become operational in Spring 2016,” Alternative Treatment Centers [Accessed February 29, 2016]
The New Hampshire Patient Registry fee is $50. The New Hampshire Marijuana Registry is mandatory, and as of April 01, 2014, does accept other state’s registry cards.
As legislation changes in New Hampshire, check back to this section for information about how those legislative changes will affect the medical marijuana program in New Hampshire.
Medical marijuana in New Hampshire became available on May 23, 2013, House Bill 573 was approved by the Senate 18-6, and by the House 284-66, on June 26, 2013. The bill was signed into law by the New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, on July 23, 2013 (effective on passage).
House Bill 573 authorized the use of therapeutic cannabis in the state of New Hampshire and established a registry identification card system. Additionally, the registration allows for up to four non-profit “alternative treatment centers” in the state, established an affirmative defense for qualified patients and appointed caregivers, with a valid registry ID card.
House Bill 573 also establishes a Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Advisory Council, which is required to “issue a formal opinion on whether the program should continue or be repealed”, in five years from creation.
New Hampshire will also recognize valid ID’s cards from other medical marijuana states, as well as, allowing the visiting patient to possess and use cannabis for medical purposes. However, New Hampshire law states that,
“Visiting qualifying patients shall NOT cultivate or purchase cannabis in New Hampshire, or obtain cannabis from alternative treatment centers…”
On April 03, 2014, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) posted the proposed “Therapeutic Cannabis Program Registry Rules”, and initiated the formal rule-making process.
The New Hampshire Department of Health started issuing Registry Identification Cards, by mail, on December 28, 2015, to those qualifying patients and appointed caregivers, whose applications have been approved. However, registry ID cards cannot be used in New Hampshire until the Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) approved dispensaries open. Dispensaries are expected to open in spring 2016.
New Hampshire law allows for at least a measure of reciprocity. Patients with qualifying conditions can’t obtain medical marijuana in New Hampshire, but they can legally possess it once they enter the state’s borders.
In the state of New Hampshire, “a qualifying patient shall not obtain more than 2 ounces of usable cannabis directly, or through the qualifying patient’s designated caregiver, during a 10-day period”. At any one time, patients may possess no more than two ounces of usable cannabis.
Qualified patients in New Hampshire may choose to see a marijuana doctor online instead of in-person, using the telemedicine portal, provided that a medical marijuana telemedicine doctor first establish a bonafide relationship with the patient in-person, after which all follow-up visits may be conducted via medical marijuana telemedicine services, online.
The State of New Hampshire has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, and apply for a state-issued New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Card, permitting the patient to purchase marijuana for medicinal use, as per New Hampshire state guidelines.
Since the New Hampshire medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new New Hampshire medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a regular basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the New Hampshire medical marijuana program. Please click a corresponding link to find out more about New Hampshire’s Medical Marijuana Program. We have compiled the following New Hampshire medical marijuana index of information to serve as a medical library to our users for legal reference of New Hampshire’s laws, guidelines and program details regarding medical cannabis use in New Hampshire.
Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice. For a comprehensive list of New Hampshire’s qualifying medical marijuana conditions, please visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states.”