A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Your Medical Card in New Hampshire

In New Hampshire, getting your medical marijuana card is a straightforward process that many residents may qualify for. From getting an evaluation to submitting your application, the Granite State makes it simple. Here’s how to obtain your New Hampshire medical marijuana card in just three steps:

  1. Meet with your primary care physician and get evaluated
  2. Receive a physician’s certification and apply to NH’s Therapeutic Cannabis Program
  3. Submit documentation and get your card sent right to you

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How to Get Your New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Card

Who Can Get a Medical Card in New Hampshire?

Those who qualify for a medical card in New Hampshire must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be an in-state resident
  • Have at least one of the state’s qualifying medical conditions
  • Have a bonafide relationship with a qualified physician

Minors also have access to medical marijuana in New Hampshire, but a parent or guardian must be the one to apply for an application. 

What Are the Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis in New Hampshire?

New Hampshire’s list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis is quite extensive. The conditions are: 

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • 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
  • One or more injuries or conditions that has resulted in one or more qualifying symptoms
  • A severely debilitating or terminal medical condition or its treatment that has produced at least one of the following: 
    • 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
    • Severe, persistent muscle spasms

“Qualifying medical condition” in New Hampshire also means:

  1. Moderate to severe chronic pain.
  2. Severe pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects.
  3. Moderate or severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

How-To Steps for Getting an MMJ Card in New Hampshire

1: Meet With Your Primary Care Physician and Get Evaluated 

One of the most important factors to consider when getting your New Hampshire MMJ card is whether or not your primary care physician is qualified to certify you for medical marijuana use. This is because, in NH, you must have a bonafide relationship with the doctor who evaluates you for medical cannabis. A “bonafide” relationship is defined as being at least three months long. If you do not have a relationship with a qualified physician, you may still be eligible; contact the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ Therapeutic Cannabis Program directly to find out.

If your doctor is qualified, they will then evaluate you to see if you are fit for medical cannabis use. 

2: Receive a Physician's Certification and Apply to NH’s Therapeutic Cannabis Program

For those who are eligible for an MMJ card, your doctor will then fill out a Written Certification for the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis for you to submit during application. 

As soon as you have this certification, you can go to NH’s Therapeutic Use of Cannabis website to apply for your card. 

3: Submit Documentation and Get Your Card Sent Right to You

Along with your physician’s certification, you will need to submit a photocopy of a New Hampshire state ID to prove residency and identification. Then, you will pay a one-time registration fee of $50 and you’re all set. Once you’ve been approved, your NH MMJ card will be sent to you in the mail just five business days later.