NH Marijuana Qualification

Updated on June 25, 2021.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

What Ailments Qualify For Medical Cannabis in New Hampshire?

The New Hampshire House voted in 2020 to add insomnia and opioid use disorder to the list of qualifying conditions, though the latter would carry significant restrictions. An earlier version of one of the bills also sought to add anxiety and Lyme disease to the list, but those provisions were removed.

Patients in New Hampshire diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions, are afforded legal protection under the New Hampshire Medical Marijuana law, as per House Bill 573:

The patient must have a condition listed above and a symptom or side effect from a severely Debilitating or Terminal Medical Condition (Qualifying Condition) or its treatment that has produced at least one of the following:

  • Agitation Of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Cachexia
  • Chemotherapy-Induced Anorexia
  • Constant Or Severe Nausea
  • Elevated Intraocular Pressure
  • Moderate To Severe Vomiting
  • Seizures Persistent Muscle Spasms
  • Severe Pain That Has Not Responded To Previously Prescribed Medication Or Surgical Measures Or For Which Other Treatment Options Produced Serious Side Effects
  • Wasting Syndrome

New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Program: Information

  1. Patient must be over eighteen (18) years of age. If a qualified patient is under eighteen (18) years of age, the application must be completed by a custodial parent or legal guardian, the custodial parent or legal guardian must be approved as the Designated Caregiver.
  2. Patient must be a resident of New Hampshire.
  3. Patient must have a “provider-patient relationship” (bonafide patient relationship) of at least three (3) months (unless the 3-month requirement does not apply).
    • The relationship with the provider may be less than 3 months as long as the provider certified that the diagnosis of the qualifying condition occurred within the previous three (3) months and the certifying provider is primarily responsible for the care related to the qualifying medical condition.
  4. Patient must be evaluated by a certified physician. Find a Certified Physician In New Hampshire!
    • Any physician or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) licensed in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts or Vermont.
  5. Patient must be certified with a Qualifying Condition.
  6. Patient must then submit their Application for the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis.
    • Application Fees are $50.00 and non-refundable. Check Or Money Orders should be made payable to “Treasurer, State of New Hampshire”.
    • If an applicant is under eighteen (18) years of age, the application must include two (2) written certifications, completed by two (2) separate health care providers, one being a pediatrician.
  7. The application process takes up to twenty (20) calendar days from the date the completed application is received. Applicants will be notified within fifteen (15) calendar days.
  8. If approved, a Registry Identification Card will be issued within five (5) days.

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in New Hampshire

In the summer of 2013, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, signed and enacted into legislation, a medical marijuana measure that’s intended purpose is to legalize the medicinal use of cannabis. The measure’s language contains the framework for a program that would allow physicians to legally provide relief to qualifying patients, through the use of an appropriately regulated and dispensed medical marijuana program.

Under the language of the approved measure, patients can qualify for medical marijuana under the state-guideline listed conditions that feature thirteen varying conditions. Conditions must “significantly” interfere with a patient’s daily activities as documented by their medical practitioner.

New Qualifying Condition signed into Law by Gov. Sununu

  • HB 157, effective 8/15/17 moderate to severe chronic pain 
  • HB 160, effective 8/27/17
    • moderate or severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • severe pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects
    • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
    • one or more injuries or conditions that have resulted in one or more qualifying symptoms.” This allows medical providers to certify patients for any medical condition that results in a qualifying symptom listed in the law; replaces “one or more injuries that significantly interferes with daily activities.”

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How to Become A Medical Marijuana Patient in New Hampshire

  1. Patients must be at least 18 years of age
  2. Patients must be a resident of the state of New Hampshire with proof of residency. If you do not have a New Hampshire I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc is acceptable.
  3. The qualifying patient must have been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition  – *Find a certified medical marijuana physician in New Hampshire
  4. Patients must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your primary care physician describing the diagnosis of the patient’s qualifying condition. Ensure to bring the records to the marijuana evaluation appointment – *Learn how to request your medical records
  5. Once the physician has registered the patient with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) as a qualifying patient, you must obtain a Medical Marijuana card from the state of New Hampshire’s Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Program.

Patients can then submit a paper application to the Department of Health and Human Services to qualify for medical marijuana.

Medical Marijuana Access in New Hampshire

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana doctors in New Hampshire will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

According to New Hampshire medical marijuana laws, the maximum amount “a qualifying patient shall obtain, is no more than 2 ounces of usable cannabis, either directly or through the qualifying patient’s designated caregiver, during a 10-day period.” Registered patients may NOT possess more than two (2) ounces of usable cannabis, at any one time.

Patients who meet medical marijuana qualifications in New Hampshire were encouraged in April 2017, when the state Senate passed legislation to expand the state’s medical cannabis program. The bill would add a group of conditions known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) to the list of qualifying conditions. EDS includes disorders that affect the connective tissue, resulting in soft, velvet-like skin that is extremely fragile. In addition, patients typically suffer from joint instability and are at a high risk for dislocations of joints such as the hips and several others.

In March 2017, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to change New Hampshire medical marijuana qualifications and decriminalize possession of no more than a half an ounce of weed. The measure, which passed by a 318-26 margin, would make possession of this amount more akin to a civil infraction, much like a traffic ticket.

MarijuanaDoctors.com provides regular updates on cannabis-related news concerning New Hampshire and the rest of the U.S. on a regular basis. We also provide a great deal of helpful information, such as how to obtain a medical marijuana card in the state. Check back with us often so you can stay as well informed as possible regarding the extremely important issue of medical cannabis.

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