- Medical Program
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.
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New Hampshire has decriminalized adult use of cannabis, but has not legalized it. NH does have a medical marijuana program, so medical use of cannabis is legal.
“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 marijuana in accordance with 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 noted as being one of the more restrictive ones in the US, as it only allows qualification after other treatments have failed.
The New Hampshire program is called the ‘Therapeutic Cannabis Program’. It is overseen by the Therapeutic Cannabis Medical Oversight Board.
Non-medical, recreational use of cannabis is currently illegal in New Hampshire. However, there have been steps to legalize recreational marijuana in NH in recent months, so expect to see it legalized in the next few years or so!
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.
With Leafwell, you can get your New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Card in 4 simple steps:
You must be aged 18 or over in order to undergo a medical marijuana evaluation and qualify for an MMJ card for yourself in New Hampshire. Those under the age of 18 may qualify as minors, but will need a caregiver. A designated caregiver must be at least twenty-one (21) years old and cannot have a prior felony conviction. A registered caregiver with a valid registry ID card may assist with up to five (5) qualifying patients. The application form and further information can be found here at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.
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Yes, telemedicine is legal in New Hampshire but only for renewals for existing medical cannabis patients.
It is not legal to grow cannabis in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire has medical marijuana reciprocity, so recognizes out-of-state medical marijuana cards.
A New Hampshire medical marijuana card is recognized as valid by some other states in the US with a medical marijuana program. This is called “reciprocity”. NH is one such state, and there are several others.
The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:
However, this does not always mean you can purchase cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary (non-medical adult use is fine) – just that you are protected by the state’s medical marijuana laws to some extent. It is wise to call the dispensary ahead if you are a medical cannabis patient from another state and you intend on purchasing 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 beholden to the visiting state’s medical marijuana laws, not the state that issued your card.
The following states accept out-of-state applications, allowing a visiting patient application to use medical cannabis for the duration of their stay:
You must have written permission from your employer to possess or use medical cannabis when 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 in relation to medical marijuana in NH can be found here.
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.
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 purchase cannabis. Only those with a legal license to sell cannabis can actually do so.
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 any other such healthcare space is also illegal. Private members club 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 and generally keep consumption out of public view, and utilize discreet consumption methods wherever possible.