Established in 2013 under RSA 126-X, the New Hampshire Therapeutic Cannabis Program (TCP) manages a confidential registry of patients with certain debilitating conditions, their caregivers, and their certifying medical practitioners. The New Hampshire TCP makes provisions for caregivers and requires them (caregivers) and qualifying patients to obtain cannabis registry identification cards (medical marijuana cards). Without valid registry ID cards, patients and caregivers cannot purchase medical marijuana from state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, also known as Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs). The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) oversees the state's medical marijuana program.
An individual who is at least 18 years old can participate in the New Hampshire Therapeutic Cannabis Program, provided they have a qualifying medical condition and reside in the state. Qualifying patients who are minors (under 18) can also join the program. However, their custodial parents or legal guardians must consent to permit patients' medical use of marijuana and must serve as their caregivers.
Severe or moderate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Moderate to chronic pain
Autism spectrum disorder
Opioid use disorder, with associated signs of cravings or withdrawal
Excruciating pain that fails to respond to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures or for which other treatment options caused severe side effects
Medical providers interested in issuing recommendations for New Hampshire cannabis registry ID cards must have active and valid licenses from the relevant state's professional board. Similarly, those from Vermont, Massachusetts, and Maine must be duly licensed in their states.
Yes. Part He-C 401.06(b)(1) of the TCP Registry Rules requires a medical provider to have a practitioner-patient relationship with a qualifying patient before certifying them for the New Hampshire Therapeutic Cannabis Program. In other words, the provider must have been actively treating them for their qualifying condition before recommending cannabis treatment.
No. Medical providers are not required to register with the New Hampshire TCP as marijuana doctors before they can recommend qualifying patients for cannabis therapy.
Medical providers licensed in New Hampshire can assess and certify their patients for medical cannabis treatment via telemedicine. However, those licensed in Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont must conduct in-person physical examinations of their patient before recommending them for the New Hampshire Therapeutic Cannabis Program.
New Hampshire has no database of certifying medical providers for its Therapeutic Cannabis Program. However, qualifying patients can talk to their current physicians, PAs, or APRNs about their interest in the New Hampshire TCP and ask them for certification.