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November 2019

Changes to the Therapeutic Cannabis Program Application Process
SB 88 made the following changes to the therapeutic cannabis law:

Medical Providers Can Certify Their Patients Sooner. Starting on November 18, 2019, a 3-month provider-patient relationship is no longer required. On that date, the NH Therapeutic Cannabis Program will begin accepting Written Certifications that have been signed by certifying medical providers who do not have a 3-month provider-patient relationship with their patients. The Written Certification for the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol has been updated to reflect this change.

No Photograph Needed. Starting on November 18, 2019, a photograph is not required to be submitted with an application to the Therapeutic Cannabis Program. Also, all Registry ID Cards printed on or after that date will not contain a photo of the patient or caregiver’s face. Patients and caregivers will still be required to show other photo identification at the Alternative Treatment Centers in order to purchase cannabis.

October 2019

Vaping-Related Lung Injuries
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), is investigating vaping-related lung injuries as part of a multistate outbreak associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products. Learn more in the DHHS fact sheet on Vaping-Related Lung Injuries Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol.

Therapeutic Cannabis Program 2019 Data Report
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has released the Therapeutic Cannabis Program 2019 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, 2019.

DHHS provides this report annually to the New Hampshire Legislature’s Health and Human Services Oversight Committee, the New Hampshire Board of Medicine, and the New Hampshire Board of Nursing. The report provides important information on patterns of certification in several categories: qualifying patient and designated caregiver, location, age, medical condition, symptom or side effect, and medical provider. Data from the report can then be used for analysis and research to inform future policy, educational, and clinical decisions.

In addition, the 2019 report contains an addendum related to HB 335 from the 2019 legislative session regarding the expansion of therapeutic cannabis dispensary locations in the state.

As of October 1, 2019, the program is being used by 8,566 qualifying patients, 448 designated caregivers, and 1,101 certifying providers.

  2016 Report
(Dec. 19, 2016)
2017 Report
(June 30, 2017)
2018 Report
(June 30, 2018)
2019 Report
(June 30, 2019)
Current
(Oct. 1, 2019)
Qualifying Patients 2,089 3,493 6,480 8,302 8,566
Designated Caregivers 129 258 428 480 488
Certifying Providers 560 703 935 1,084 1,101

 



September 2019
Public Hearing — Qualifying Medical Conditions for the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis
The Therapeutic Cannabis Medical Oversight Board and the DHHS Therapeutic Cannabis Program will hold a public hearing to gather input from the public on proposed additions to the list of qualifying medical conditions for the therapeutic use of cannabis.

Date: Wednesday, September 25
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: DHHS, Brown Building, Auditorium, 129 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH [directions]
Written Comment Period Ends: Wednesday, October 2
Contact: Michael Holt, (603) 271-9234, Michael.Holt@dhhs.nh.gov

The following medical conditions are under consideration as qualifying medical conditions for the therapeutic use of cannabis:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Tick-Borne Illnesses

 

August 2019
NH Physician Assistants Allowed to Certify Patients for the Therapeutic Cannabis Program
Starting on August 20, 2019, the Therapeutic Cannabis Program will begin accepting Written Certifications that have been signed by physician assistants who are licensed in New Hampshire. Governor Sununu signed into law HB 350, which adds physician assistants to the list of NH provider types that are allowed to certify patients for NH’s Therapeutic Cannabis Program. The Written Certification for the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol has been updated to reflect this change.



July 2019

Sanctuary ATC opens a second dispensary location in Conway, NH

Sanctuary ATC is opening a second dispensary location in Conway, New Hampshire, located at 234 White Mountain Highway. The first day of operation is Saturday, July 6, and their open hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please see Sanctuary ATC’s website for more information.

Qualifying patients currently registered with Sanctuary ATC in Plymouth will be able to access both dispensary locations and will not have to register separately for the Conway location or change ATCs.

Those qualifying patients registered with a different ATC who want to change their ATC may do so by completing and submitting the Change of Information / Lost Card Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol form.


 

May 2019

The Therapeutic Cannabis Program Has Moved

New Location: Division of Public Health Services, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH.

The Therapeutic Cannabis Program’s (TCP) office location has moved to 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH. Please use the new address when mailing application materials. If you are hand-delivering application materials, please bring them to the new office location.

Application materials will still be available and accepted at the Brown Building, at 129 Pleasant Street, Concord, and any mail addressed to 129 Pleasant Street will get to the TCP, but using this location and address may delay the processing of your application.

Over the next few months, all of the applications, forms, and information sheets will be updated with the new mailing address:

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

 

March 2019
Hospice Care Exemption to 3-Month Provider-Patient Relationship
Written Certification for the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbolhas been updated to reflect a recent law change (SB 384, Laws of 2018) that creates an exemption to the requirement for a 3-month relationship between a patient and the patient’s certifying medical provider. A 3-month provider-patient relationship is not required if the patient is enrolled in hospice care or is eligible for hospice care.

 

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