Medical Cannabis Laws in New Hampshire
“A qualifying patient who has been issued and possesses a registry identification card shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty, or denied any right or privilege, including but not limited to a civil penalty or disciplinary action by a court or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau, for the medical use of marijuana in accordance with this chapter, if the qualifying patient possesses an amount of usable marijuana that does not exceed 2 ounces. A qualifying patient shall remain subject to the provisions of RSA 126-W:5.”
New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan signed into law a bill allowing the use of medical cannabis for patients with “chronic or terminal diseases” and “debilitating medical conditions.”
New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program is noted as being one of the more restrictive ones in the US, as it only allows qualification after other treatments have failed.
Telehealth for Cannabis in New Hampshire
Telehealth is legal for medical cannabis consultations in New Hampshire, but only for renewals. You can see a compassionate and friendly medical marijuana physician online with Leafwell today.
Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis Patients in New Hampshire
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome (including chemotherapy-induced anorexia)
- Chronic Pancreatitis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Glaucoma (and elevated intraocular pressure)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Nausea/Vomiting – Moderate to Severe
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Persistent Muscle Spasms
- Severe pain that is not being treated by previous treatments, and/or where opioids may be prescribed
- Spinal Cord Injury or Disease
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Ulcerative Colitis
- One or more injuries that significantly interfere with daily activities as documented by the patient’s provider.
Cannabis Laws and Children in New Hampshire
You must be aged 18 or over in order to undergo a medical marijuana evaluation and qualify for an MMJ card for yourself in New Hampshire. Those under the age of 18 may qualify as minors, but will need a caregiver. A designated caregiver must be at least twenty-one (21) years old and cannot have a prior felony conviction. A registered caregiver with a valid registry ID card may assist with up to five (5) qualifying patients. The application form and further information can be found here.
It is illegal to possess medical marijuana in school buildings or on school grounds, at public recreation and youth centers. There are no specific provisions to allow for medical cannabis use on school grounds.
Cannabis Possession Limits in New Hampshire
- For medical card holders = 2 oz. flower, 5 grams concentrate
- For recreational users = Illegal
Cannabis Cultivation Laws in New Hampshire
It is not legal to grow cannabis in New Hampshire.
Cannabis and Gun Laws in New Hampshire
It is not legal for a medical marijuana card holder to possess firearms or ammunition. See New Hampshire’s Notice here.
Cannabis and Employment Law in New Hampshire
You must have written permission from your employer to possess or use medical cannabis when at work. Current medical marijuana laws in New Hampshire do not require employers to accommodate patients. More precise rules on employment and private property laws in relation to medical marijuana in NH can be found here.
Local Cannabis Laws in New Hampshire
Cannabis is decriminalized throughout New Hampshire. $100 fine for a first or second offense and $300 for a third offense. Four offenses within three years would result in misdemeanor charges. There are no city- or jurisdiction-specific laws regarding medical or recreational cannabis use as far as we are aware.