New Hampshire Legal Information

In 2013, New Hampshire became the 19th medical cannabis state when Gov. Maggie Hassan signed HB 573, Use of Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes, into law after similar bills had been vetoed twice before. Patients and caregivers registered with the New Hampshire Department of Health’s medical cannabis program, in possession of a registry ID card, and no more than two ounces of cannabis are protected from arrest or prosecution. If charged, registration provides an affirmative defense for patients or caregivers in compliance with the law. Patients and caregivers may not be denied any right or privilege on the basis of their status. Personal cultivation of cannabis is prohibited. Medicine must be obtained by the patient or registered caregiver from one of four “Alternative Treatment Centers” to be licensed by the state; up to two ounces may be purchased every ten days. A patient may designate only one caregiver, but a caregiver may assist up to five patients. Caregivers are limited to transporting medicine from licensed centers and assisting with administration. 


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New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Laws & Regulations

New Hampshire became the 19th state with a medical cannabis law, and the last in New England, when Gov. Maggie Hassan signed HB 573 Use Of Cannabis For Therapeutic Purposes into law. Similar bills had been vetoed twice before. Patients and caregivers registered with the New Hampshire Department of Health’s medical cannabis program are protected from arrest or prosecution and may not be denied any right or privilege on the basis of their status. If charged, registration provides an affirmative defense for patients or caregivers provided they were in possession of cannabis in a quantity and at a location permitted by the law.

Becoming a Patient in New Hampshire

Patients and caregivers registered with the New Hampshire Department of Health’s medical cannabis program are protected from arrest or prosecution and may not be denied any right or privilege on the basis of their status. If charged, registration provides an affirmative defense for patients or caregivers provided they were in possession of cannabis in a quantity and at a location permitted by the law.

NH Caregiver, Producer & Provider Info

Every state has varying laws and regulations for caregivers, cultivators and medical cannabis providers. This section includes an overview of state requirements and links to necessary forms and applications.

Facing state or federal charges?

Unfortunately, patients, caregivers, and providers are still vulnerable to federal and state arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration. They also suffer pervasive discrimination in employment, child custody, housing, public accommodation, education and medical care.