New Hampshire Governor Signs Bill Allowing Medical Marijuana To Treat Opioid Use Disorder And Letting Out-Of-State Patients Shop

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The governor of New Hampshire signed a bill that adds opioid use disorder as a qualifying condition for the state’s medical marijuana program and also allows out-of-state patients to access dispensaries. HB 605 was one of 30 pieces of legislation that Gov. Chris Sununu (R) approved on Tuesday. Advocates celebrated the move, though they’ve pointed out that there are some restrictions for both residents with opioid use disorder and visiting patients. In order to qualify for medical cannabis for an opioid disorder, a patient must have a recommendation from a board certified addiction medicine or addiction psychiatry provider who’s “actively treating the patient” for that condition. They must also present with opioid withdrawal symptoms or cravings. For out-of-state patients, they must have qualified for medical marijuana in their jurisdiction and show proof of a valid recommendation. It would be up to the state Department of Health and Human Services to develop rules for dispensary to verify visiting patients’ eligibility. Also, there’s a provision of the bill stipulating that those visiting the state could not obtain cannabis from a dispensary “more than three times in a 12-month period,” unless they provide a statement from their health provider affirming that they have a condition that qualifies a person for medical marijuana under New Hampshire statute. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,200 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments. Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access. — Matt Simon, director of public and government relations at Prime Alternative Treatment Centers of New Hampshire, told Marijuana Moment that the governor’s signing the bill “is…

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