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NH DHHS to Begin Issuing Therapeutic Cannabis Cards to All Qualifying Patients
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Therapeutic Cannabis Program
Publish Date:
December 22, 2015

Concord, NH – The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), after consultation with the NH Attorney General’s Office, announced that it will begin issuing therapeutic cannabis cards to qualifying patients. DHHS will provide registry identification cards to qualifying patients and caregivers before the State's Alternative Treatment Centers (ATC) are operational.

"As we begin to issue registry identification cards to qualifying patients who want them, we look forward to those patients being able to access therapeutic cannabis at dispensaries in New Hampshire," said DHHS Commissioner Nick Toumpas. "The ATCs are moving quickly to open their dispensaries and we anticipate that the first dispensaries will open in Spring 2016. We thank the Attorney General’s Office for its consultation."

Beginning Monday, December 28, 2015, registry identification cards will be issued by mail to qualifying patients and designated caregivers whose applications have been approved. Registry identification cards issued to qualifying patients and designated caregivers cannot be used to purchase therapeutic cannabis in New Hampshire until the ATC dispensary selected by the qualifying patient opens. Applications will be processed in the order received by DHHS. As of December 22, more than 100 applications have been received.

Applications for potentially qualifying patients and designated caregivers, medical provider certification and other important information can be found on the Therapeutic Cannabis Program page on the DHHS website at This information is intended to assist in correctly completing the required applications.

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