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Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Program

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:

  1. 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;
  2. Issuing registry identification cards to designated caregivers who are authorized to assist qualifying patients with the therapeutic use of cannabis; and
  3. 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 web page as it moves forward with program implementation and will say when it is ready to accept applications from patients, caregivers, and alternative treatment centers.

SCAM ALERT

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is advising the public to be wary of potential scams in which individuals or entities offer their services to assist people in obtaining a New Hampshire Therapeutic Cannabis Registry Identification Card for payment. DHHS is not accepting applications for Registry Identification Cards at this time, and it will not accept applications for such cards until the Alternative Treatment Centers are ready to begin operating and there is a legal means by which qualifying patients can access therapeutic cannabis. This is likely to be sometime around the late summer of 2015. When we get closer to the time when the Therapeutic Cannabis Program will begin operating, DHHS will make the application forms available and will post information on applying for a Registry Identification Card. In the meantime, if you learn of any individual or entity that is soliciting such business, please immediately report this to DHHS’ Therapeutic Cannabis Program. If someone has taken money from you on the pretext of helping you obtain a Therapeutic Cannabis Registry Identification Card, please also report this to DHHS.

Updates

September 25, 2014

He-C 402 has officially entered the regular rulemaking process, and the public comment period has begun. (Note: The Initial Proposal is the same as the annotated version below, and has all tracked changes accepted.)

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Public Hearing: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: DHHS, Brown Building, Auditorium, 129 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH
Comment Period Ends: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Contact: Michael Holt, (603) 271-9234, michael.holt@dhhs.state.nh.us

Based on public comment received, the Department has made numerous changes to the 8/12/14 draft of He-C 402 Alternative Treatment Centers. An annotated copy of the rules shows all changes made to the rule based on comment received.

August 13, 2014

The Department is soliciting advance public comment on He-C 402 Therapeutic Cannabis Program - Alternative Treatment Centers, 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 Thursday, August 28, 2014. An additional public comment period, including a public hearing, will be scheduled when the Department enters the formal rulemaking process.
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Comment Period Ends: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Contact: Michael Holt, (603) 271-9234, michael.holt@dhhs.state.nh.us

July 23, 2014

He-C 401, Therapeutic Cannabis Program - Registry Rules, was adopted by the Commissioner today in compliance with RSA 126-X:6, I. It was adopted with an effective date of August 1, 2015. This effective date is subject to change, based upon the operation of the Alternative Treatment Centers. The Department is not accepting applications for registry identification cards or petitions for adding additional qualifying conditions at this time.

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June 25, 2014

He-C 401, Therapeutic Cannabis Program - Registry Rules, was conditionally approved by the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) at their meeting on June 20. The rule has not yet been adopted and made effective. The Department is not accepting applications for registry identification cards or petitions for adding additional qualifying conditions at this time.

June 6, 2014

The Final Proposal has been filed with the Office of Legislative Services, and will be an agenda item at the June 20 JLCAR meeting.
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JLCAR Date: Friday, June 20, 2014
Contact: Michael Holt, (603) 271-9234, michael.holt@dhhs.state.nh.us

April 24, 2014

This rule has officially entered the regular rulemaking process, and the public comment period has begun.

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Public Hearing: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: DHHS, Brown Building, Auditorium, 129 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH
Comment Period Ends: Thursday, June 5, 2014
Contact: Michael Holt, (603) 271-9234, michael.holt@dhhs.state.nh.us

April 3, 2014

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

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.

 

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