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New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Qualification

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in New Hampshire

In the summer of 2013, 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 doctors to provide relief to inquiring patients through the use of an appropriately regulated and dispensed medical marijuana program. The state’s Governor believed very firmly that it is not only the appropriate compassionate approach the legislature should take, but it is the right policy for the state of New Hampshire.

In turn, this measure establishes a medical marijuana card registry system, allows for the registration and operation of up to four not-for-profit alternative treatment centers throughout the state successfully and establishes an affirmative defense for qualified patients and designated caregivers with valid medical marijuana cards. The measure also ensures that the state takes an efficient approach with the policy of medical marijuana while going about the necessary steps to prevent any future abuse of the drug. Initially, the original version of the measure, also known as House Bill 573, had a home-cultivation provision that was requested to be removed by the Governor. Due to the Senate removing any chance of home-cultivation of medical marijuana, Governor Hassan supported the measure and signed in on July 23, 2013.

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

How To Become A Medical Marijuana Patient In New Hampshire

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age
  2. Must be a resident in the state of New Hampshire with proof of residency
  3. The qualifying patient has been diagnosed by a physician or an Advanced Nurse Practitioner as having a debilitating medical condition and has obtained medical records showing the diagnosis of that condition.
  4. Once your physician has registered you with the DHHS as a qualifying patient, you must obtain a Medical Marijuana card from the state of New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Qualifying Marijuana Patient Conditions

Under the state’s medical marijuana program, inquiring patients would qualify for a New Hampshire medical marijuana card if they suffer from conditions such as:

“Qualifying medical condition” means the presence of:*

(1) Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis C currently receiving antiviral treatment, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic pancreatitis, spinal cord injury or disease, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, lupus, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, or one or more injuries that significantly interferes with daily activities as documented by the patient’s provider; AND

(2) A severely debilitating or terminal medical condition or its treatment that has produced at least one of the following: elevated intraocular pressure, cachexia,  chemotherapy-induced anorexia, wasting syndrome, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, severe pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical  measures or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects, constant or severe nausea, moderate to severe vomiting, seizures, or severe, persistent  muscle spasms.

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