How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in New Hampshire
While New Hampshire has had its Therapeutic Cannabis Program (TCP) on the books since July 2013, it was considered one of the strictest medical cannabis laws in the country, making it difficult for patients to qualify and receive treatment. That changed in September 2017 when recreational cannabis was decriminalized and the Medical Marijuana program of New Hampshire was expanded to include more qualifying conditions. As of March 31, 2020, there were 9,800 patients enrolled in the program.
If you’re looking to apply for a medical marijuana card in New Hampshire, read this guide to discover which steps you need to take.
Medical cannabis laws across the country have been temporarily adjusted amid the COVID-19 pandemic. New Hampshire is no exception. Dispensaries are still open for business, but operations have changed to protect customers and employees. The state is encouraging telemedicine consultations for new patients and renewals during this time. A telemedicine appointment enables a doctor to evaluate you virtually via a phone, tablet, or computer. Sign up at Heally to book a consultation with a registered physician in NH.
Further, the deadline to renew medical marijuana cards expiring between April and June is now July 31, 2020.
Patients are also encouraged to designate caregivers to pick up their medical cannabis, and so the caregiver application fee has been waived and the caregiver background check process has been streamlined to speed up approvals.
Patients must pre-order their medical cannabis products online or by phone, and they can pick up their supply either via drive-through or curbside collection, depending on the alternative treatment center in question.
There are three steps to getting a Registry ID Card for medical Marijuana in New Hampshire:
- Determine If You Qualify: There are several requirements you will need to meet to get an NH medical card.
- Get a Written Certification: You’ll need a licensed medical provider to give you a Written Certification for the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis. You can do so by signing up at Heally. We’ll connect you with a licensed physician.
- Submit Your Application: Complete an Application for the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis, gather all necessary documentation, and submit the package to the NH Department of Health and Human Services.
How to Get a Medical ID Card in New Hampshire
1. Determine If You Qualify
To qualify for registration in the NH Therapeutic Cannabis Program (TCP), you need to be at least 18 years of age and be a resident of New Hampshire with proof of residency. Patients under 18 years of age will need a legal guardian to complete the application and receive approval as a designated caregiver
You must also be diagnosed by a medical practitioner with a qualifying condition established in law.
According to the Application for the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis, qualifying conditions include:
- Moderate to severe chronic pain; OR
- Severe pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects; OR
- Moderate or severe post-traumatic stress disorder; OR
- Any combination of a qualifying diagnosis from (1) AND a qualifying symptom or side effect from (2) as listed below:
- Cancer; glaucoma; positive status for human immunodeficiency virus; acquired immune deficiency syndrome; hepatitis C; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; muscular dystrophy; Crohn’s disease; multiple sclerosis; chronic pancreatitis; spinal cord injury or disease; traumatic brain injury; epilepsy; lupus; Parkinson’s disease; Alzheimer’s disease; ulcerative colitis; Ehlers-Danlos syndrome; or one or more injuries or conditions that has resulted in one or more qualifying symptoms under (2); AND
- Elevated intraocular pressure; cachexia; chemotherapy-induced anorexia; wasting syndrome; agitation of Alzheimer’s disease; severe pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects; constant or severe nausea; moderate to severe vomiting; seizures; or severe, persistent muscle spasms.
You may also require proof that you’ve tried multiple other treatment options to qualify for medical cannabis.
2. Get a Written Certification for the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis from a Medical Provider
You will need to undergo a medical evaluation by a certified medical practitioner to receive a medical ID card. Any physician, advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), or physician assistant who is licensed to practice medicine in the state can certify you for the TCP. Physicians and APRNs licensed in Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts can also provide you with a written certification if they are primarily responsible for the medical care related to your qualifying condition.
There is no list of medical providers who can and will provide written certifications nor can the TCP recommend a provider. No doctor is legally required to provide you with a certification. It is up to you to find a medical provider who meets these criteria. Fortunately, you can take the hassle out of this process by using Heally to connect with a licensed medical provider in New Hampshire.
Along with providing you with a written certification, the medical practitioner will also register you with the TCP as an MMJ patient and send instructions to your alternative treatment center (ATC) of choice to detail the type of cannabis and administration method required for your medical care.
3. Submit Your Application
After receiving a physician’s approval and written certification, the last step to receiving a medical ID card is to fill out and submit an Application for the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis and submit it to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. This must be done within 60 days of receiving your written certification.
Along with this application, you will need to provide proof of residency, whether that’s a copy of your driver’s license (front only), state or federal government-issued ID showing your name and address, or any other document that has your name or address on it, such as a copy of your lease agreement, a utility bill, or previous tax documents.
Note: There is no online application. You will need to print off the application and send it in either via mail or in person. The application fee is $50, which is only payable via money order or check and must be sent in with your application. Processing times take up to three weeks. Once the application is approved and you receive your card in the mail (within 5 days of approval), it will be valid for 12 months. It will include your name, address, birth date, photo, and 10-digit registration number.
Alternatively, if your application is not approved because it is deemed incomplete, you will be notified in writing within 10 business days, and you will have 30 days to submit the information that’s missing.
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