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The state has granted approval for a medical marijuana dispensary to open in Keene.

Temescal Wellness plans to open the site Saturday at 69 Island Street, Suite 1. It will be open to patients currently registered with its Lebanon location.

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In New Hampshire, possession of small amounts of cannabis was decriminalized in 2017.

But for those who already have possession charges, getting their record cleared might not be so easy.

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New Hampshire's medical marijuana program is extending the renewal deadline for patients whose medical cards expire over the next three months.

The announcement coming out today is in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The New Hampshire Senate has again passed a bill that would let qualified patients grow their own medical cannabis. The bill allows patients or designated caregivers to raise up to three mature marijuana plants at a time.

Tom Sherman, a Democrat from Rye, says approved patients can struggle to obtain cannabis.

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Medical marijuana would be available to more patients under a pair of bills approved by the New Hampshire House, but a more expansive bill has died in the Senate. 

House voted Wednesday to add insomnia and opioid use disorder to the list of qualifying conditions, though the latter would carry significant restrictions.

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Efforts to loosen New Hampshire's marijuana laws appear to be losing momentum at the State House, as separate Senate committees took action this week against bills that would make marijuana more accessible.

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A new law allows medical marijuana patients to get prescriptions without first having a three-month relationship with their doctor or medical provider.

Governor Chris Sununu vetoed the bill, but the Legislature overturned that veto last week. 

The law eliminates the requirement of a three-month provider-patient relationship before a patient is certified and gets their registry identification.

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A bill to allow medical marijuana patients to get prescriptions even if they haven't had the same doctor for three months has a good chance of becoming law in New Hampshire.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed the bill last month, but the Senate voted 17-7 Thursday to override his veto, achieving the necessary two-thirds majority to send the bill back to the House. Lawmakers in that chamber are expected to go along, given that the bill had wide support there.

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Updated 5:50 PM — State lawmakers have overturned the governor's veto of a bill that would get rid of the three-month waiting period before a patient can get prescribed medical marijuana from a provider.

It was the lone bill overturned this week by both the House and Senate. 

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Operators of medical cannabis dispensaries are urging legislators to overturn a veto of a bill that would allow them to operate as for-profit companies.

Ted Rebholz is CEO and founder of Temescal Wellness, which currently has dispensaries in Dover and Lebanon.

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House lawmakers have overridden Gov. Chris Sununu's veto of a bill that would allow medical marijuana patients to grow their own supply.

The House vote Wednesday sends the bill back to the Senate, which backed it by a 14-10 margin earlier this year. That would fall short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto.

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Governor Sununu has vetoed a bill that would have allowed medical marijuana patients to grow their own plants.

In his veto message, the governor cited concerns about more marijuana ending up on the black market.

 

A new medical marijuana dispensary is getting ready to open in New Hampshire.

The state Department of Health and Human Services has given a registration certificate to the Sanctuary Alternative Treatment Center in Conway. It's expected to open to qualifying patients and caregivers on Saturday.

The therapeutic cannabis program began serving patients in 2016. At the end of 2018, over 7,000 qualifying patients and nearly 450 designated caregivers were participating in the program.

Physician assistants soon will be able to prescribe medical marijuana in New Hampshire.

Governor Chris Sununu has signed a bill expanding the list of providers who may prescribe the drug. Another bill that would allow medical marijuana users to grow their own plants awaits his signature.

The state won't be legalizing recreational use of marijuana any time soon; The House passed a bill legalizing recreational use in April, but the Senate later voted to delay action on it.

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.

 

When states legalize pot for all adults, long-standing medical marijuana programs take a big hit, in some cases losing more than half their registered patients in just a few years, according to a data analysis by The Associated Press.

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Medical marijuana patients in New Hampshire will be able to grow their own cannabis under a bill approved Thursday by the Senate.

HB 364, which passed on a 14-10 vote, allows qualified patients to grow up to six plants--three mature, and three immature--after they register with the state.

 

A bill to allow patients in New Hampshire's therapeutic cannabis program to grow some of their own marijuana has won support from a key Senate committee.

Next week, the full Senate will consider permitting patients and designated caregivers to grow a limited amount of cannabis.

 

The House passed a similar bill last month. The Senate has never supported home cultivation legislation before.

 

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Medical marijuana patients would be able to grow their own supply under a bill passed by the New Hampshire House.

New Hampshire legalized medical marijuana in 2013, and as of late November, there were 7,120 patients enrolled in the program. For now, they must travel to one of the state's four dispensaries to get the drug, but the House passed a bill Thursday that would allow patients or caregivers to grow their own.

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled that a labor appeals board was wrong to determine that workers' compensation insurance can't reimburse an employee for the cost of medical marijuana.

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A New Hampshire House subcommittee today voted unanimously to support a bill that would allow medical marijuana patients to grow their own cannabis.

The bill would make it legal for qualified patients and caregivers to cultivate three mature plants and twelve seedlings, provided they're secured with a lock or other security device.

There are currently four dispensaries in the state, where patients can purchase cannabis products for therapeutic use.

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New Hampshire state lawmakers have a dozen marijuana-related bills on their plate in 2019. Most  of them involve proposed updates and expansions for the state's therapeutic cannabis program.

There are two bills calling for legalization of recreational marijuana for adults:

The New Hampshire House is considering legislation that would extend the list of qualifying conditions for the state’s therapeutic cannabis program.

If passed, House Bill 461 would include Lyme disease, insomnia and anxiety as allowable conditions for medical marijuana.

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Lawmakers will hear testimony Tuesday on a bill to add opioid addiction as a qualifying condition for access to the state's medical marijuana program.

It's the first time for the bill in New Hampshire, though it's been discussed in the past.

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New Hampshire's medical marijuana law turns 5 next month, and the Therapeutic Cannabis Advisory Council will be issuing a five-year status report on how the program has operated.

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  A bill heading to Governor Sununu’s desk aims to address issues of access within the state’s medical marijuana program.

Earlier this month the House and Senate agreed to a plan to allow for an additional two dispensaries.

There are now centers in Dover, Lebanon, Merrimack, and Plymouth.  

Senator John Reagan, a prime sponsor of the bill, says this isn't enough.

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State lawmakers recently passed a bill designed to expand access to medical marijuana through additional dispensaries, but a bill to allow patients to grow pot for personal use appears headed for defeat.

A Senate committee voted this week to recommend the bill be referred to interim study.

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New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program more than doubled in size last year, and many see it as an alternative to using opioids for pain management.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Pediatrician Julie Kim wrote an article for the Huffington Post about how she sometimes prefers to recommend medical marijuana to her patients. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with her about how medical marijuana has helped her with concerns over prescribing opioids to certain patients.

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The New Hampshire Senate has passed a bill that would allow two more medical marijuana dispensaries to open in the state.

 

Lawmakers legalized medical use of marijuana for the treatment of a limited number of conditions in 2013. It can be purchased at licensed alternative treatment centers in Lebanon, Dover, Merrimack and Plymouth.

 

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New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program has more than doubled in size since 2016. About 4,700 patients were enrolled in the program by the end of 2017.

Michael Holt is the Therapeutic Cannabis Program Administrator for the Department of Health and Human Services. He joins us now to talk about how the state’s medical marijuana program has grown.

(Editor's note: this transcript has been edited lightly for broadcast.)

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