Updated on April 25, 2018.
Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
While the encouraging medical marijuana facts for New Hampshire are that medical cannabis was legalized in 2013 and thousands of people have found relief from severe symptoms as a result, critics say the program doesn’t go far enough. They believe that additional medical conditions should be added to the list so even more people can access cannabis. These additional conditions include chronic pain, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), fibromyalgia and opioid addiction. Multiple bills to include these health problems were introduced in the New Hampshire legislature in 2017.
Effective June 2017, Hepatitis C will be included in the list of qualifying conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana. In August 2017, moderate to severe chronic pain, moderate to severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medications, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and conditions that have resulted in one or more qualifying symptoms will be added to the list of conditions that qualify for a medical marijuana recommendation.
Medical Marijuana Facts for New Hampshire
- In the state of New Hampshire, there is an ongoing suspicion about whether or not marijuana legalization in other states has been utilized for primarily medicinal purposes. Nearly 46% of New Hampshire adults believe that it is being used for its intended purposes, and nearly 33% believe that it is being used for other purposes. Around 21% of New Hampshire adults are unsure of what to think about this topic. It is reported that New Hampshire Democrats and Independents are the ones who are most likely to believe that medical marijuana is being used for its intended purposes, as Republicans remain the most suspicious.
- More than 56% of New Hampshire residents are in favor of approving the selling of marijuana at state liquor stores and taxing it at similar rates as to how alcohol is taxed. Nearly 40% of voters absolutely oppose this idea and around 5% are unsure as to what to think about this topic.
- A measure that would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes passed the New Hampshire legislature by a 266-64 vote and was ultimately signed into law by Governor Maggie Hassan. As of 2016, 741 patients had applied for medical cannabis, and 536 had been approved. Approximately 200 other applications were still pending.
- The ongoing support for medical marijuana legalization in the state of New Hampshire is recognized as being it’s strongest among liberals by around 90%. The opposition to marijuana legalization remains its highest among Republican voters.
- To use medical cannabis, New Hampshire residents must be certified by a physician and then obtain an identification card that allows them to purchase products from one of the four licensed dispensaries in the state. The first patient received her ID card in 2015 in a special case, since she was a terminally ill cancer patient. However, she had to sue the state to obtain her card, and she had to visit a Maine dispensary since New Hampshire’s system had yet to be established. The remaining patients were issued medical weed ID cards in April 2016, when the first dispensary opened in the state.
- Like other states that allow the use of medical cannabis, physicians in New Hampshire don’t actually write prescriptions for weed. They simply certify patients for the use of medical cannabis, verifying that they have treated the person for at least a three-month period and feel that he or she has a medical condition that qualifies them for medicinal marijuana use.
- The medical conditions that have been approved for medical marijuana use include Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, cancer, glaucoma and several others.
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