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Therapeutic Cannabis Program - 2016 Updates

September 22, 2016
Pursuant to RSA 126-X:4, VI, the Department is required to provide to therapeutic cannabis cardholders a notice explaining federal law regarding the possession of cannabis and that possession of a state registry identification card does not protect a person from federal criminal penalties. The notice being provided has been updated to include additional language regarding a federal firearms notice.

Notice Explaining Federal Law Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol


August 10, 2016
Prime Alternative Treatment Center has received a registration certificate for its therapeutic cannabis dispensary in Merrimack, NH. Prime ATC’s dispensary will begin operations on Thursday, August 11, at which point qualifying patients and designated caregivers registered with Prime ATC will be able to obtain therapeutic cannabis.

Prime’s dispensary is the fourth and final dispensary to begin operations as part of the State’s Therapeutic Cannabis program, which is now fully launched. Prime ATC joins Sanctuary ATC’s dispensary in Plymouth and Temescal Wellness’ dispensaries in Dover and Lebanon.

Qualifying patients and designated caregivers must select one of the four ATC dispensaries and can only obtain therapeutic cannabis at their designated ATC. Applications for potentially qualifying patients and designated caregivers, medical provider certification, and other important information can be found by following the links on this page.


August 2, 2016
Qualifying Medical Conditions
Effective August 2, 2016, ulcerative colitis has been added as a qualifying medical condition for the therapeutic use of cannabis. This is the result of the passage of HB 1453 (Chapter 173:1 of the Laws of 2016).

The Written Certification for the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbolhas been updated to include ulcerative colitis as a qualifying medical condition.


July 8, 2016
Out-of-State Providers

Effective June 10, 2016, physicians and advanced practice registered nurses licensed in the states of Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont are permitted under New Hampshire state law [RSA 126-X:I, VII(a)(3)] to issue a “Written Certification for the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis” to their patients who are residents of New Hampshire. If approved, these patients will be allowed to participate in New Hampshire’s Therapeutic Cannabis Program.

In addition to meeting all other applicable requirements in NH law and NH administrative rule, certifying medical providers in Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont must be primarily responsible for the patient’s care related to his or her qualifying medical condition.

The Written Certification for the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol must be completed by certifying medical providers in those states that border New Hampshire.


Press Releases

May 13, 2016
NH DHHS Issues Registration Certificate to Temescal Wellness to Begin Operations at Therapeutic Cannabis Dispensary in Lebanon


May 4, 2016
NH DHHS Issues Registration Certificate to Temescal Wellness to Begin Operations at Therapeutic Cannabis Dispensary in Dover

April 29, 2016
NH DHHS Issues Certificate to Sanctuary ATC to Open Therapeutic Cannabis Dispensary in Plymouth


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