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Therapeutic Cannabis Program


December 23, 2015

On Monday, December 28, 2015, the Department will begin to issue Registry Identification Cards by mail to Qualifying Patients and Designated Caregivers whose applications have been approved. Applications are being processed in the order received by the Therapeutic Cannabis Program. The Program's deadlines for notifying applicants of missing information, for approving or denying an application, and for issuing cards will now apply.

Registry Identification Cards issued to Qualifying Patients and Designated Caregivers cannot be used to purchase therapeutic cannabis in New Hampshire until the Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) dispensary selected by the Qualifying Patient opens. The ATC dispensaries are expected to open in Spring 2016.

Qualifying Patients and Designated Caregivers have a personal responsibility to maintain the integrity of the Therapeutic Cannabis Program by preventing the diversion of their therapeutic cannabis. The Program strongly advises all patients and caregivers to:

  • Keep cannabis in a locked container in the trunk or cargo portion of the vehicle when transporting cannabis.
  • Have their registry identification card with them when in possession of cannabis.
  • Store cannabis in a locked box at home.

Follow the links on the side of the page for more detailed application instructions and program information.

October 30, 2015


On November 2, 2015, the Therapeutic Cannabis Program will begin to accept applications from potentially Qualifying Patients and Designated Caregivers as part of a pre-registration period. All applications submitted during the pre-registration period must be completed in their entirety, and all required documents and the application fee must be included. As with the regular registration process, you will be notified in writing if your application is incomplete and when your completed application is approved or denied. Note, however, that the Program's deadlines for notifying you of missing information, for approving or denying your application, and for issuing you a Registry Identification Card will not apply during the pre-registration period.

During the pre-registration period, if your application is approved, a Registry Identification Card will not be issued to you until the ATC you have selected receives authorization from the Program to dispense cannabis (the effective date of the card will be the issue date, not the approval date). The ATCs are expected to become operational in the first quarter of 2016. Once an ATC obtains authorization to dispense cannabis, the regular Program deadlines including the issuance of Registry Identification Cards shall apply for Qualifying Patients who select that ATC and their Designated Caregivers.

Follow the links on the side of the page for more detailed application instructions and program information.

Purpose and Mission

In June 2013 the New Hampshire Legislature passed House Bill 573 (Chapter 242 of the Laws of 2013), relative to the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Governor Maggie Hassan signed HB 573 (RSA 126-X) into law effective July 23, 2013. RSA 126-X creates an exemption in state law from criminal penalties for the therapeutic use of cannabis provided that its use is in compliance with RSA 126-X. The NH Legislature placed the responsibility for administering the program within the NH Department of Health and Human Services. The Department's primary responsibilities include:

  1. Maintaining a registry of, and issuing registry identification cards to, eligible qualifying patients who have been certified by their medical provider to have a qualifying medical condition and associated symptoms;
  2. Issuing registry identification cards to designated caregivers who are authorized to assist qualifying patients with the therapeutic use of cannabis; and
  3. Issuing registration certificates to a maximum of four alternative treatment centers in the state for the cultivation, production, and dispensing of cannabis to qualifying patients, or their designated caregivers.


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