How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card in New Hampshire 2021

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In Growing Marijuana in New Hampshire – NH Cannabis State Laws (2021) we gave a brief overview on how New Hampshire residents can apply to their state’s medical marijuana program. Recreational marijuana is still illegal in The Granite State so if you are a patient with a debilitating condition, you don’t have a choice but to register into the are a few reasons why you may want to get an MMMP card.

Overview of Medical Marijuana in New Hampshire

In 2013, New Hampshire governor Maggie Hassan signed into law HB 573 which allowed the use of medical marijuana for those with debilitating medical conditions or chronic or terminal diseases. However, the law was known to be one of the strictest in the nation, permitting cannabis only after all other courses of treatment failed.

You can read up on the rules here: CHAPTER 126-X USE OF CANNABIS FOR THERAPEUTIC PURPOSES

New Hampshire’s medical marijuana law allows registered patients to possess 2 ounces. However, home cultivation of cannabis is still not allowed.

Qualifying conditions

  • ALS
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Autism
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chemotherapy induced anorexia
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Elevated intraocular pressure
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C (currently receiving antiviral treatment)
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Insomnia
  • Lupus
  • Moderate to severe vomiting
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Nausea
  • Opioid use disorder (effective: October 8, 2021)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Persistent muscle spasms
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Seizures
  • Severe pain (that has not responded to previously prescribed medication)
  • Spinal cord injury or disease
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Wasting syndrome

Even patients under 18 afflicted with a qualifying condition that needs medical marijuana can register for the program, as long as they do so with the help of their parents or legal guardians. They may also have up to two caregivers, both of which need to be their parent or legal guardian.

Caregivers

Those who want to apply as a caregiver in New Hampshire must be at least 21 years of age and not have been convicted of a felony. A caregiver can provide assistance to as many as 5 patients. However, if both the caregiver and the patient live more than a 50-mile drive from the nearest Alternative Center (ATC), then the caregiver may service up to 9 patients.

Why should you get a medical marijuana card in New Hampshire?

Since adult-use marijuana is still illegal in New Hampshire, getting into the state’s Therapeutic Cannabis Program is the only legal way patients can use cannabis for their debilitating conditions.  

How to get a medical marijuana card in New Hampshire

The process of registering into New Hampshire’s Therapeutic Cannabis Program is fairly straightforward. You only need to fill out the correct form and submit it along with the required documents.

For adult and minor patients and caregivers

  1. Secure a written certification from your health provider. Any physician, physician assistant (PA), or advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who is licensed in New Hampshire may issue you a certification for the Therapeutic Cannabis Program. You may also get a certification from physicians and APRNs (but not PAs) licensed in Maine, Massachusetts, or Vermont.

Minor applicants must submit two written certifications, with each one from a different 

medical provider and one of the certifications must be issued by a pediatrician.

  1. Secure the necessary requirements:
    1. Proof of NH residency. This can be any of the following:
      1. NH Driver’s license
      2. NH state ID
      3. Documentation showing the patient’s NH address (ex. current lease agreement, vehicle registration, utility bill, medical bill, property tax bill, mortgage statement, bank statement, government check)
      4. Other state or federal issued ID showing an NH address.
  2. Fill out the right application form. Adult patients must use the Patient Application form while those under 18, the Minor Patient Application form along with a Guardianship Patient Application form.. 
  3. Include a check or money order payable to “Treasurer, State of New Hampshire” in the amount of $50. Cash, credit cards, or installment payments are not accepted at this time.
  4. Send your application to the following address:

NH Department of Health and Human Services
Therapeutic Cannabis Program
29 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301

For caregivers

  1. Caregivers only need to submit a completed Caregiver Application form along with an Attestation of No Felony Conviction if renewing only. Applicants will also need to undergo a criminal background check.

Applications are typically approved or declined within 3 weeks. Once approved, you will receive your Registry ID card within 5 days. 

Frequently Asked Questions on Getting a New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Card

Why do I need to medical marijuana card?

Recreational marijuana is still illegal in New Hampshire so patients who want to use cannabis for their debilitating condition still need to apply to the state’s Therapeutic Marijuana Program.

Who is eligible for medical marijuana card?

Patients in New Hampshire with at least one qualifying condition may get a recommendation for medical marijuana.

Why would I want a medical marijuana card?

A medical marijuana card is the only way patients with a debilitating condition can use cannabis in New Hampshire.

How long does the process take?

It can take up to 15 days for the NH Department of Health Therapeutic Cannabis Program to review and approve your submitted application.3

How much does it cost to obtain a medical marijuana card?

It costs $50 to apply for a medical marijuana card in New Hampshire.

How many plants can I grow with medical marijuana card?

Home cultivation of marijuana for any purpose is still prohibited in New Hampshire.

How much marijuana can I keep with medical marijuana card?

Patients registered in New Hampshire’s Therapeutic Cannabis Program can possess up to 2 ounces.

Conclusion

If you’re a patient in New Hampshire who needs medical marijuana for your debilitating condition, you have no choice but to register into the state’s Therapeutic Cannabis Program. Although the program doesn’t allow home cultivation yet, at least it permits patients both adult and minors, to get cannabis from alternative treatment centers at a reasonable registration fee.

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