Frequently asked questions

New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Law and History – Overview

2013 – House Bill 573 (HB 573) is introduced and signed into law by Governor Maggie Hassan. This bill established a registry identification system and the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Advisory Council.

2014 – the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) started proposing rules for the regulation of cannabis, and published the “Therapeutic Cannabis Program Registry Rules”.

2015 – DHSS starts issuing Registry Identification Cards.

2016 – Dispensaries open.

2017 – Possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana for personal use is decriminalized. This is reduced to approximately 21 g, or ¾ of an ounce. Possession of up to 21 g of cannabis for a first or second offense is considered a Civil Violation and brings with it a fine of up to $100.

Possession of over 21 g is considered a misdemeanor and carries an incarceration period of up to 1 year and/or a fine of $350. Possession of up to 5 g of hash or concentrates without licence is also a Civil Violation. Possession of more than 5 g of hash is a misdemeanor, and manufacturing concentrates or hash is a felony.

Possession limit for medical marijuana patients is 2 ounces.

No more than four licensed dispensaries to be operational at any one time.

No caregiver program.

Sale or possession with intent to sell is a felony, with up to 3 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine for any amount less than 1 ounce. 1 oz – 5 lbs, and it goes up to 7 years’ incarceration and/or a $100,000 fine. More than 5 lbs, and it’s up to 20 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of $300,000.

Cultivation is held to similar standards as possession or possession with intent to sell.

Subsequent offenses or offenses taking place within 1000 feet of school grounds and bring stiffer and higher penalties.