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The Legal Status of Cannabis in New Hampshire

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While medical cannabis is legal in New Hampshire, recreational use is not. Governor Maggie Hassan of the state of New Hampshire signed into law the use of medical cannabis through HB573 in July 2013 bringing to birth the Therapeutic Cannabis Program in New Hampshire. This bill allowed patients with “chronic or terminal diseases” and “debilitating medical conditions” to legally access medical cannabis. This bill was noted as being the stricter one on medical marijuana as it only allowed for use once “all other treatment methods have failed”.

Additionally, patients can qualify as having either one or both of the conditions outlined or one or both of the symptoms listed.
The qualifying conditions for medical cannabis in New Hampshire include:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Lupus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Spinal cord injury or disease
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Ulcerative colitis

Qualifying symptoms resulting from injury or other conditions are:

  • Chemotherapy-induced anorexia
  • Severe or constant nausea
  • Cachexia
  • Elevated intraocular pressure
  • Agitation due to Alzheimer’s disease
  • Moderate or severe insomnia
  • Moderate or severe vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Severe pain which has previously not responded to prescribed medications or even surgical measures in which other treatment methods produced significant side effects
  • Persistent, Severe muscle spasms
  • Wasting syndrome

Possession is pegged at up to 2 ounces with cultivation being prohibited and state-sanctioned facilities for the production and distribution of medical cannabis being capped at 4.

Though a bill for the legalization of recreational marijuana sales was rejected narrowly by New Hampshire’s Representatives which is Republican-controlled making it one of the last states holding out in New England “legalization is very much still alive in New Hampshire (in 2022),” according to Karen O’Keefe, the state policies director of Washington DC-based Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).

HB 629 for the legalization of home grow was however passed by a resounding 241-113 vote and will now go to the state senate. According to all indications, the public sentiment is very supportive of the legalization of adult-use marijuana and a survey published by the University of New Hampshire in May 2021 found that 75% of those residing in the state-supported legalization. This means that it is just a matter of time before recreational marijuana is legalized in the state of New Hampshire.

Lydia K. (Bsc. RN) is a cannabis writer, which, considering where you’re reading this, makes perfect sense. Currently, she is a regular writer for Mace Media. In the past, she has written for MyBud, RX Leaf & Dine Magazine (Canada), CBDShopy (UK) and Cannavalate & Pharmadiol (Australia). She is best known for writing epic news articles and medical pieces. Occasionally, she deviates from news and science and creates humorous articles. And boy doesn't she love that! She equally enjoys ice cream, as should all right-thinking people.