New Hampshire

Regulatory Framework

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) oversees the medical cannabis program through its Therapeutic Cannabis Program (TCP). There is no specific regulatory body for recreational cannabis due to its illegal status, but DHHS manages all aspects related to medical cannabis [2].

Legal Status

Market Status Act/Law Year
Adult-Use Illegal (Decriminalized) Decriminalization, no specific statute [1] N/A
Medical Legal RSA 126-X (2013) [12] 2013
Homegrow Legal (Medical Only) RSA 126-X (2013) [12] 2013

There is no legal framework for commercialized adult-use cannabis. Decriminalization measures are in place for small amounts. [12]


TCP uses BioTrack to manage the medical cannabis traceability program. [5]


License Type Description
Cultivator License Permits cultivation and processing of cannabis for ATCs [13].
Testing Lab License Allows testing of cannabis for safety and potency [13].
Retail License (ATC) Permits sale of medical cannabis to registered patients and caregivers [13].

The state issues specific licenses related to medical cannabis, including cultivator, testing, and retail licenses, all governed by DHHS regulations [13].

Possession Limits

Item Possession Limit
Medical Cannabis (Flower) Up to 21 grams [1]
Cannabis Flower Decriminalized for amounts under 21 grams [1]

Possession limits are strictly enforced, with specific allowances for medical cannabis and penalties for exceeding limits on recreational cannabis [1].

Medical Cannabis

Qualifying conditions for medical cannabis include: [14]

  • chronic pain,
  • cancer,
  • multiple sclerosis,
  • and other severe conditions

Registered Patient Requirements

Patients must be certified by a licensed healthcare provider, prove New Hampshire residency, and register with the TCP to obtain medical cannabis [15].

Registered Caregiver Requirements

Caregivers must be 21 years or older, undergo a background check, and register with the TCP to assist qualified patients [16].

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