New Hampshire

1 December, 2019

Status: Medical use


2013: Medical cannabis legalised
2014: Attempt at legalising recreational cannabis failed
2017: Possession of small amounts of cannabis for recreational use is decriminalised in small amounts to a $US100-200 fine

Policy Framework:

  • Patients must be diagnosed with a “physically debilitating” condition and should only be recommended cannabis by a physician if all other treatments fail;
  • Medical cannabis can only be obtained from a state-licensed dispensary;
  • Patients can possess up to 2oz (56g) of medical cannabis at a time;
  • Patients may not grow their own cannabis at home;
  • Selling or intent to sell remains a serious felony;
  • Possession of less than 0.75oz (21g) for recreational use is decriminalised to a civil infraction (like a speeding ticket) punishable by a fine of about $US100;
  • Sale or possession with intent to sell less than 1oz (30g) is a felony;
  • Sale or possession with intent to sell of any amount is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $US300,000;
  • There are an estimated 7120 registered medical cannabis patients in New Hampshire, according to the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services.


  • Between 2005 and 2017, cannabis use disorder in people over the age of 12 decreased from 2.2% to 1.9%;
  • In 2018, sales of medical marijuana reached $US7.2 million.

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