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November 18, 2021Listening Session with the Therapeutic Cannabis Medical Oversight Board
The Therapeutic Cannabis Medical Oversight Board invites patients, caregivers, medical providers, and other members of the public to a “listening session” so that the Board can better understand the issues and concerns of the public with regard to the Therapeutic Cannabis Program and can provide better oversight of the medical and public health aspects of the program.

  • When: Wednesday, December 1, 2021
  • Time: 5:30 to 7:30 PM
  • Where: NH Department of Health and Human Services
    29 Hazen Drive, Auditorium
    Concord, NH 03301
    Directions
  • Remote Option: Zoom

Written comments to the Board may also be sent via email to dhhs.mobtcp@dhhs.nh.gov or via regular mail to:

NH Department of Health and Human Services
Therapeutic Cannabis Program
29 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301

Visit the Therapeutic Cannabis Medical Oversight Board to learn more about the board.

September 13, 2021
Patients Can Now Access All Therapeutic Cannabis Dispensaries in the State
Starting today, all registered patients and caregivers are allowed access to ALL of the Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) dispensary locations in the state. New Hampshire patients and caregivers can now visit and purchase cannabis from any New Hampshire dispensary. SB 162, signed by the Governor this summer, makes this expansion of access possible.

July 1, 2021

New Rules for Patients, Caregivers, and Medical Providers
On July 1, 2021, new administrative rules become effective for He-C 401, Therapeutic Cannabis Program – Registry Rules Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol. These rules affect qualifying patients, designated caregivers, and certifying medical providers. All applications and forms have been updated to align with the new rules. These updated forms can be found on the Applications and Forms page. This is a list of rule change highlights:

Fees

  • The application fee for Designated Caregivers has been removed
  • The fee for a replacement Registry ID Card has been reduced from $25 to $10

New Application Types

  • Two new application types have been added: Minor Patient Application Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol and Guardianship Patient Application Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
  • These are combined applications for both the patient and caregiver applicants
  • These patients can have up to 2 designated caregivers (caregivers must be parents or legal guardians)
  • The fee for the these application types is $50

Application Processing Changes

  • The program will accept a Written Certification Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol that is up to 6 months old from the date of the medical provider’s signature
  • For patients, proof of residency is not required for renewal applications if there hasn’t been a change of address
  • For caregivers, a lapse of registration of one year or longer will require a new criminal history records check
  • For incomplete applications, if missing information is not received within 6 months of an incomplete notice, the application will be closed, and the applicant will need to reapply, including payment of the fee

Medical Provider Changes

  • Telemedicine is now allowed for follow-up care and for recertification (renewal) by the same certifying provider
  • A provider may withdraw a previously issued Written Certification Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol for cause
  • A provider may extend a short-duration Written Certification (less than one year duration) without the patient having to reapply

Other Changes

  • Registry ID Cards are no longer required to be returned to the Program. Please destroy outdated Registry ID Cards

 

June 28, 2021
Telehealth Update
With the end of the declared state of emergency in New Hampshire, Emergency Order #8 Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol is no longer in effect. The temporary allowance of telemedicine for cannabis certifications has ended. The required in-person physical examination of a patient shall not be conducted via telemedicine for an initial certification for the therapeutic use of cannabis. New administrative rules will become effective on July 1, which will allow telemedicine to be used for any follow-up visits after an initial certification and for recertifications (renewals) by the same certifying medical provider.


June 24, 2021

New Qualifying Medical Conditions
HB 89 has been signed into law by Governor Sununu, and it will be effective on June 24, 2021. This bill adds two new qualifying medical conditions for the therapeutic use of cannabis.

Autism Spectrum Disorder. This has been added as a stand-alone qualifying medical condition for those people who are 21 years of age or older. For those people under age 21, the certifying medical provider must consult with a second provider who is certified in child and/or adolescent psychiatry, developmental pediatrics, or pediatric neurology. That second provider must: (1) confirm that the autism spectrum disorder has not responded to previously prescribed medication or that other treatment options produced serious side effects, and (2) support certification for the use of therapeutic cannabis.

Moderate to Severe Insomnia. This has been added as a qualifying medical symptom, which means that the certifying medical provider must certify that the person has a qualifying medical condition that is causing the insomnia.

The Written Certification for the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol has been updated to reflect these two new qualifying medical conditions.

June 2021
Therapeutic Cannabis Program 2020 Data Report

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has released the Therapeutic Cannabis Program 2020 Data Report Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol. The report provides information from the Therapeutic Cannabis Registry, the annual reports from the Alternative Treatment Centers, and the Qualifying Patient Satisfaction Survey. It provides details about qualifying patients and designated caregivers who were active in the program as of June 30, 2020.

As of May 31, 2021, the program is being used by 11,948 qualifying patients, 582 designated caregivers, and 1,264 certifying providers.

  2016 (12/19/16) 2017 (6/30/17) 2018 (6/30/18) 2019 (6/30/19) 2020 (6/30/20) Current (5/31/21)
Qualifying Patients 2,089 3,493 6,480 8,302 10,688 11,948
Designated Caregivers 129 258 428 480 543 582
Certifying Providers 560 703 935 1,084 1,231 1,264


April 16, 2021

NH DHHS Issues Certificate to Temescal Wellness to Open Therapeutic Cannabis Dispensary in Keene

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued a registration certificate allowing Temescal Wellness to begin operations at its new therapeutic cannabis dispensary location in Keene, NH. Temescal Wellness expects the Keene dispensary will open to qualifying patients and designated caregivers on Saturday, April 17, 2021.

Patients who are not currently registered with Temescal-Lebanon, who want to access the Keene dispensary, can change their designated ATC by submitting the Change of Information/Lost Card Form Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol to the Therapeutic Cannabis Program.


April 8, 2021

NH DHHS Issues Certificate to Prime ATC to Open Therapeutic Cannabis Dispensary in Chichester

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued a registration certificate allowing Prime Alternative Treatment Centers (ATC) of NH to begin operations at its new therapeutic cannabis dispensary location in Chichester, NH. Prime ATC expects the Chichester dispensary will open to qualifying patients and designated caregivers on Friday, April 9, 2021.

Patients who are not currently registered with Prime-Merrimack, who want to access the Chichester dispensary, can change their designated ATC by submitting the Change of Information/Lost Card Form Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol to the Therapeutic Cannabis Program.

March 2021

Two New Therapeutic Cannabis Dispensary Locations Expected to Open in April 2021
Two Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs) will be opening new dispensary locations in the month of April. Exact dates are unknown at this time.

Prime ATC (Merrimack) will be opening a new location in Chichester at this address:

349 Dover Road (Route 4)
Chichester, NH 03258

Temescal Wellness (Lebanon) will be opening a new location in Keene at this address:

69 Island Street, Suite 1
Keene, NH 03431

Patients who are currently registered with either of these ATCs will automatically have access to the second location when it opens. Patients will not have to register separately for each location or switch ATCs to access these new locations. For example:

  • A patient who is currently registered with Prime ATC and goes to the Merrimack dispensary will be able to go to both the Merrimack and Chichester dispensaries without any additional paperwork.
  • A patient who is currently registered with Temescal Wellness (Lebanon) and goes to the dispensary in Lebanon will be able to go to both the Lebanon and Keene dispensaries without any additional paperwork.

Patients who are not currently registered with either of these ATCs, who want to access them when they open, can change their designated ATC by submitting the Change of Information/Lost Card Form Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol to the Therapeutic Cannabis Program. The Program asks that you wait until the new dispensary locations open and the form has been updated before you submit the change form. Any change form received early will not be processed until the new dispensary location opens.


January 2021
Public Hearing for Rulemaking on Therapeutic Cannabis Program Registry Rules

The Therapeutic Cannabis Program has entered rulemaking on He-C 401, Therapeutic Cannabis Program Registry Rules. The remote public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, at 1pm. The proposed rules and more detailed public hearing information can be found on the Administrative Rules Unit – Rules for Public Comment page.

August 14, 2020
Telehealth Update

The Governor’s Emergency Order #8 Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol permits telehealth for health care service delivery. The Therapeutic Cannabis Program’s prohibition on the use of telehealth for cannabis certification is temporarily suspended. The required “in person” assessment may be conducted via telehealth during the declared state of emergency.

Border State Medical Providers (Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont). Telehealth service delivery is not permitted across state borders unless an out-of-state provider is registered with the New Hampshire Board of Medicine or the New Hampshire Board of Nursing. Information about emergency licensure in NH during the declared state of emergency is available on the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification page COVID-19 Licensee Resources.


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