In June 2013 the New Hampshire Legislature passed House Bill 573, relative to the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Governor Maggie Hassan signed HB 573 (RSA 126-X) into law effective July 23, 2013. RSA 126-X creates an exemption in state law from criminal penalties for the therapeutic use of cannabis provided that its use is in compliance with RSA 126-X. The NH Legislature placed the responsibility for administering the program within the NH Department of Health and Human Services. The Department's primary responsibilities include:
- Maintaining a registry of, and issuing registry identification cards to, eligible qualifying patients who have been certified by their medical provider to have a qualifying medical condition and associated symptoms;
- Issuing registry identification cards to designated caregivers who are authorized to assist qualifying patients with the therapeutic use of cannabis; and
- Issuing registration certificates to a maximum of four alternative treatment centers in the state for the cultivation, production, and dispensing of cannabis to qualifying patients, or their designated caregivers.
The Department is not currently accepting applications for either patient registry identification cards or for alternative treatment center registration certificates. The Department will update this webpage as it moves forward with program implementation and will say when it is ready to accept applications from patients, caregivers, and alternative treatment centers.
April 3, 2014 update
Based on public comment received, the Department has made numerous changes to He-C 401, Therapeutic Cannabis Program Registry Rules. An annotated copy of the rules shows all changes made to the rule based on comment received. A clean copy of this rule will be submitted into formal rulemaking within the next two weeks, and the official public comment period will begin later this month.
February 25, 2014 Update
The Department is soliciting advance public comment on He-C 401 Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Registry Rules prior to proposing rules through the formal rulemaking process. There is no public hearing scheduled for this advance comment period, but the Department is accepting written comments until Friday, March 14, 2014. An additional public comment period, including a public hearing, will be scheduled when the Department enters the formal rulemaking process.
- He-C 401 Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Registry Rules
Comment Period Ends: Friday, March 14, 2014
Contact: Michael Holt, (603) 271-9234, firstname.lastname@example.org