New Hampshire: Governor Signs Law Expanding Patients’ Medical Cannabis Access

Concord, NH: Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has signed legislation into law expanding the pool of patients eligible for medical cannabis access.

House Bill 605 permits physicians to recommend cannabis therapy to patients with opioid use disorder. Some studies have shown that the use of cannabis is associated with greater rates of treatment retention in patients with OUD and that cannabinoids may mitigate opioid-related cravings. 

Separate provisions in the law permit non-resident patients who possess a valid registration from another state to legally possess and purchase limited quantities of medical cannabis from dispensaries in New Hampshire.

The new law takes effect in early October. Additional information is available from the NORML fact sheet, ‘Relationship Between Marijuana and Opioids.’