Medical Marijuana Bills, Including A N.H. 'Home Grow' Option, Head to Governor

Jun 16, 2019

Bills to expand access to N.H.'s therapeutic cannabis law are heading to Governor Sununu.

The New Hampshire Legislature is sending a handful of medical marijuana bills, including one that would allow limited "home grow" of cannabis for qualified patients and caregivers, to Governor Sununu. 

The "home grow" option has long been debated in the Granite State, and before the state's therapeutic cannabis law went into effect more than five years ago.

Another bill would establish a procedure for the annulment of arrests or convictions for possession of three-quarters of an ounce or less of cannabis, if it occurred before Sept. 16, 2017 -- the date "decriminalization" of marijuana took effect. Sununu supported that decriminalization, but he opposed efforts this year to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. 

Lawmakers embraced a change in how the medical marijuana law was set up back in 2013. That bill seeks to eliminate the three-month time-frame for a provider-patient relationship.

One bill would authorize the state Department of Health and Human Services to collect certain data related to the therapeutic cannabis program. There are more than 7,100 people enrolled in the medical marijuana program now.

One bill would allow physician assistants to authorize the use of the drug for patients, while yet another clarifies where a second medical marijuana dispensary may be located within a geographic area.

The  N.H. House passed a marijuana legalization bill, for recreational, adult use , in April. The Senate later voted to delay action on it.