Is medical marijuana legal in New Hampshire?

Yes. The state legalized medical marijuana in 2013, with HB573, “An Act relative to the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.” The law allows for four Alternative Treatment Centers to dispense medical marijuana, all of which are now open.

Is recreational cannabis legal in New Hampshire?

No. Recreational cannabis is currently illegal in New Hampshire. It was decriminalized in 2017 under New Hampshire House Bill 640. Currently, any person age 18 or older who possesses less than three-quarters of an ounce can fined up to $100 (higher after multiple offenses). The same applies to anyone one 21+ who has a personal-use amount of marijuana-infused products including edibles, drinks, tinctures and ointments. Possession of more than three-quarters of an ounce is a misdemeanor, punishable up to one year in prison, and a fine of no more than $350.

How do I qualify for a medical cannabis license in New Hampshire?

New Hampshire defines several conditions that qualify for the state’s medical marijuana program. Please refer to the New Hampshire legal page under “Qualifying Patients” for a full list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in New Hampshire.

Do I need to be 18 years old to have a medical marijuana license?

No. Minors with qualifying conditions may to apply for the program with a parent or guardian if they meet the following:

Requirements for Minors and Medical Cannabis:

  • A custodial parent or legal guardian responsible for health care decisions for the qualifying patient submits a written certification from 2 providers, one of whom shall be a pediatrician.
  • The custodial parent or legal guardian completes an application on behalf of the minor.
  • The applicant's provider has explained the potential risks and benefits of the therapeutic use of cannabis to the custodial parent or legal guardian with responsibility for health care decisions for the applicant.
  • The custodial parent or legal guardian with responsibility for health care decisions for the applicant consents in writing to: Allow the applicant's therapeutic use of cannabis, serve as the applicant's designated caregiver and control the acquisition of the cannabis and the frequency of the therapeutic use of cannabis by the applicant.

Where can I legally buy cannabis in New Hampshire?

New Hampshire medical marijuana dispensaries are known as “Alternative Treatment Centers.” A qualifying patient may select only one at any given time, though they are free to choose which one. According to the state, “A Qualifying Patient may change his or her ATC selection at any time by completing a Change of Information/Lost Card form and submitting it to the Program. The Program will inform you when your selected ATC has been changed.” The registry identification card will be issued within 20 days of receiving the designated caregiver's application.

How much medical cannabis can I buy in New Hampshire?

No more than 2 ounces of usable cannabis directly or through the qualifying patient's designated caregiver during a 10-day period.

Can I grow my own medical cannabis in New Hampshire?

No. The state’s medical marijuana program does not currently allow for patients to cultivate their own cannabis. The state’s House of Representatives has passed SB420, which would allow home cultivation. The bill must now be passed to the Senate, and will then need Governor approval to pass. Both houses have passed similar bills in the past, which lost to a veto by the governor.

Will insurance pay for the cost of my medical cannabis?

No. Health insurance will not help to cover the cost of medical marijuana in New Hampshire.

Can I buy medical cannabis for a friend in New Hampshire?

No. Medical cannabis can only legally be transferred between registered medical marijuana patients and their caregivers, and must be obtained from a registered Alternative Treatment Center. Qualified visiting patients may not receive cannabis from any of these sources.

I’m from out of state; will New Hampshire honor my medical marijuana card?

“Visiting Qualified Patients” as the state calls them, cannot purchase cannabis from a New Hampshire Alternative Treatment Center, and cannot be transferred and cannabis products from an in-state patient. However, visiting qualified patients who fall under New Hampshire’s qualifying conditions and can possess cannabis and are treated with the same protections as in-state cardholders, so long as they are in accordance with local cannabis laws and regulations.

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