New Hampshire Cannabis Laws

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Legal status

  • Medical Program

Possession limits

  • Medical patients

    2 oz

  • Recreational users

    Illegal

State taxes

  • Medical patients

    0%

  • Recreational users

    Illegal

Cultivation

  • Cultivation is illegal
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Application process

To apply for a medical cannabis card in the state of New Hampshire

Once you have registered with Leafwell and been approved by one of our medical marijuana doctors online, receive your certificate in the mail and apply to the state medical marijuana program. Receive your MMJ card and start shopping for your medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary.

Receive the original certificate in the mail in 5-7 days.

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Table of contents

  1. Is cannabis legal in New Hampshire?
  2. What are the medical marijuana laws in New Hampshire?
  3. What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in New Hampshire?
  4. How do I get certified for medical cannabis in New Hampshire?
  5. Is telemedicine allowed for medical cannabis consultations in New Hampshire?
  6. How much cannabis can I possess in New Hampshire with an MMJ Card?
  7. Is it legal to grow cannabis in New Hampshire?
  8. Does New Hampshire accept out-of-state cards?
  9. Will my New Hampshire card be accepted in other states?
  10. Are there employment laws protecting medical cannabis card holders in New Hampshire?
  11. What are the medical cannabis product testing requirements in New Hampshire?
  12. Where is it safe to purchase cannabis in New Hampshire?
  13. Where is it safe to consume marijuana in New Hampshire?

New Hampshire has decriminalized adult canna users but has not legalized it. N.H. does have a medical marijuana program, so the medical use of cannabis is legal.


What are the medical marijuana laws in New Hampshire?

Medical cannabis laws in NH

2013

Use of Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes HB 573

“A qualifying patient who has been issued and possesses a registry identification card shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty, or denied any right or privilege, including but not limited to a civil penalty or disciplinary action by a court or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau, for the medical use of marijuabyith this chapter, if the qualifying patient possesses an amount of usable marijuana that does not exceed 2 ounces. A qualifying patient shall remain subject to the provisions of RSA 126-W:5.”

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan signed into law a bill allowing the use of medical cannabis for patients with “chronic or terminal diseases” and “debilitating medical conditions.”

New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program is more restrictive in the U.S., as it only allows qualification after other treatments have failed.

The New Hampshire program is the Therapeutic Cannabis Prog, and the Therapeutic Cannabis Medical Oversight Board oversees it.

Recreational cannabis laws in NH

Non-medical, recreational use of cannabis is currently illegal in New Hampshire. However, there have been steps to legalize recreational marijuana in N.H. recently, so expect to see it legalized in the next few years!


What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in New Hampshire?

The New Hampshire law lists the following medical conditions as qualifiers for a medical cannabis card. A patient must be diagnosed with a stand-alone medical condition or a combination of a qualifying diagnosis and a qualifying symptom.

Stand-Alone Medical Conditions

  • Autism spectrum disorder (age 21 and older)
  • Autism spectrum disorder (under age 21) (requires a consultation with a certified provider of child and/or adolescent psychiatry, developmental pediatrics, or pediatric neurology, who (1) confirms that the autism spectrum disorder has not responded to previously prescribed medication or that other treatment options produced serious side effects and (2) supports certification for the use of therapeutic cannabis)
  • Moderate or severe post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Moderate to severe chronic pain
  • Severe pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects

Combination of a Qualifying Diagnosis AND a Qualifying Symptom

Qualifying Diagnoses

  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV
  • Lupus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • One or more injuries or conditions that have resulted in one or more qualifying symptoms
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Spinal cord injury or disease
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Ulcerative colitis

Qualifying Symptoms

  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cachexia
  • Chemotherapy-induced anorexia
  • Constant or severe nausea
  • Elevated intraocular pressure
  • Moderate to severe insomnia
  • Moderate to severe vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Severe pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects
  • Severe, persistent muscle spasms
  • Wasting syndrome

How do I get certified for medical cannabis in New Hampshire?

With Leafwell, you can get your New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Card in 4 simple steps:

  1. Register online with Leafwell – You can speak to a doctor and renew your New Hampshire medical marijuana card online. The cost of the online consultation is $, and you are only billed if approved. The doctor will ask you questions based on your medical history and provide you with advice and guidance on whether medical marijuana is a good choice for you.
  2. Receive your certificate from Leafwell in the mail – This certificate says that your doctor recommends you become a cannabis patient under the state’s current laws. This certificate is required to apply for your MMJ Card, and it will be mailed shortly afterward, and you need the hard copy to apply to the government.
  3. Complete the application – download and print it from the New Hampshire still processes paper applications. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) website can be downloaded. You will need to pay the $50 application fee to the New Hampshire state. At this point, you must specify which Alternative Treatment Centre you wish to use. You can only be registered to use one ATC at any time, but you can change which center you’re registered with on the state website. Once you’ve completed the application, mail the application plus the certificate from Leafwell to the state.
  4. Receive your medical marijuana card – If approved, you will receive your medical marijuana card in the mail up three weeks later. Your certificate will be valid for one year from the date of issue.

You must be 18 or over to undergo a medical marijuana evaluation and qualify for an MMJ card in New Hampshire. Those under the age of 18 may qualify as minors but will need a caregiver. A designated caregiver must be twenty-one (21) years old and cannot have a prior felony conviction. A registered caregiver with a valid registry I.D. card may assist with up to five (5) qualifying patients. The application form and further information can be found at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

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Is telemedicine allowed for medical cannabis consultations in New Hampshire?

Yes, telemedicine is legal in New Hampshire but only for renewals for existing medical cannabis patients.


How much cannabis can I possess in New Hampshire with an MMJ Card?

  • For medical card holders = 2 oz. flower, 5 grams concentrate
  • For recreational users = Illegal

It is not legal to grow cannabis in New Hampshire.


Does New Hampshire accept out-of-state cards?

New Hampshire has medical marijuana reciprocity, so it recognizes out-of-state medical marijuana cards.


Will my New Hampshire card be accepted in other states?

A New Hampshire medical marijuana card is recognized as valid by some other states in the U.S. with a medical marijuana program. This is called “reciprocity.” N.H. is one such state, and there are several others.

The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:

  • Arizona
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Utah
  • Washington, D.C.

However, this does not always mean you can purchase cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary (non-medical adult use is acceptable) – just that the state’s medical marijuana laws protect you to some extent. It is wise to call the dispensary ahead if you are a medical cannabis patient from another state and intend to purchase medical marijuana.

The qualifying condition usually has to match between states, so if your qualifying condition is accepted in one state and not your visiting state, your recommendation is not necessarily valid. You are also accountable to the visiting state’s medical marijuana laws, not the state that issued your card.

The following states accept out-of-state applications, allowing visiting patient application to use medical cannabis for the duration of their stay:

  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • West Virginia (cancer patients only)

Are there employment laws protecting medical cannabis cardholders in New Hampshire?

You must have written permission from your employer to possess or use medical cannabis at work. Current medical marijuana laws in New Hampshire do not require employers to accommodate patients. More precise rules on employment and private property laws concerning medical marijuana in N.H. can be found here.


What are the medical cannabis product testing requirements in New Hampshire?

Cannabis in New Hampshire is tested for “contaminants,” meaning mold, fungus, bacterial diseases, rot, pests, non-organic pesticides, mildew, and any other harmful contaminant identified by the department. Metals are not listed.


Where is it safe to purchase cannabis in New Hampshire?

In all states with a medical marijuana program, the only way to purchase medicinal cannabis products is via a legally-licensed dispensary or pharmacy or another legally designated space to buy cannabis. Only those with a legal license to sell cannabis can do so.


Where is it safe to consume marijuana in New Hampshire?

All states with a medical marijuana program have some restrictions on where a person can legally use cannabis. Near schools, nurseries, parks, or other places where children are expected to be, using cannabis is illegal. Use of cannabis on or in federal land or buildings, hospitals, or other such healthcare space is also illegal. Private members’ clubs and landowners may also prohibit cannabis use on their property or restrict it at their discretion.

The safest place to use medical cannabis is in the safety of your own home. It is wise to use common sense, keep consumption out of public view, and utilize discreet consumption methods wherever possible.