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March 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Therapeutic Cannabis Program (TCP) is making the following temporary changes to the program.

March 30

  • ATCs are considered essential businesses
  • All ATCs are currently open for business.
  • All ATCs have reduced hours.
  • All ATCs require patients to pre-order. Check with your ATC to see if phone or online ordering is available.
  • All ATCs have implemented “curbside” pickup of orders.
  • Some ATCs have implemented appointment-only pickup.
  • Patients should call ahead before going to their ATC for the most current information.

Criminal History Record Checks for DESIGNATED CAREGIVERS. Requests for criminal history record checks are being conducted remotely (via regular mail), and the requirement for FBI fingerprinting has been deferred until after the State of Emergency has ended.

  • State background check is still required.
  • Federal FBI background check, and fingerprinting, is temporarily deferred.
  • All scheduled appointments for fingerprinting have been cancelled.
  • Fingerprinting will be required within 30 days of the State of Emergency ending.

To request a state criminal history records check:

TCP will notify you after the State of Emergency has been lifted that the requirement for fingerprinting has been reinstated.

March 23

  • Telehealth. The Governor’s executive order Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbolpermits telehealth for health care service delivery. The requirement for an “in-person” examination for the purposes of certification and recertification for the therapeutic use of cannabis has been suspended. The required assessment may be conducted via telehealth.

March 19

TCP waives the DESIGNATED CAREGIVER application fee. The TCP is encouraging patients to designate a caregiver so that if patients become sick and cannot safely and responsibly access their ATC, they will have an alternative way of acquiring therapeutic cannabis, via their Designated Caregiver. To that end, the TCP is waiving the Designated Caregiver application fee, beginning immediately and through June 30, 2020.

If the TCP has already cashed an applicant’s check or money order, that applicant will not be issued a refund. All caregiver application fees that are received by the TCP beginning Thursday, March 19, will be returned to the sender. Note that the fee required by the Department of Safety for the criminal background check is not being waived at this time.



January 2020Public 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 a proposed addition to the list of qualifying medical conditions for the therapeutic use of cannabis.

Date: Wednesday, February 5
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Location: DHHS, 29 Hazen Drive, Room 312 [directions]
Written Comment Period Ends: Wednesday, February 12
Send written comments to: dhhs.mobtcp@dhhs.nh.gov
Contact: Michael Holt, (603) 271-9234, Michael.Holt@dhhs.nh.gov

The following medical condition is under consideration as a qualifying medical condition for the therapeutic use of cannabis:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder


 

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. The Patient Application Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol and the Caregiver Application Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol have been updated to reflect this change. Other changes have been made to these application forms as well.



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

 



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

 

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