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.
To be protected under the law, patients and caregivers must be registered with the New Hampshire Department of Health and in possession of a registry ID card. Qualifying patients registered with the program will be allowed to possess up to two (2) ounces of cannabis. Possession of cannabis by a registered patient not in possession of the issued ID card is subject to a fine of $100. No cultivation of cannabis is allowed. Medicine must be obtained by the patient or registered caregiver from one of four “Alternative Treatment Centers” to be licensed by the state to dispense cannabis to patients. The law required the Department of Health to issue rules for licensing dispensing centers by January 2014 and to issue licenses to two centers by January 2015. A patient may designate only one caregiver, but a caregiver may assist up to five (5) patients. Caregivers are limited to transporting medicine from licensed centers and assisting with administration. Until New Hampshire begins issuing registry ID cards, there are no legal protections for patients or caregivers.
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