Medical (Comprehensive)

Important Dates

2013: The Governor signed a bill allowing for the use of medical marijuana.
2017: Marijuana was decriminalized, replacing misdemeanor charges with a nominal fee.
2018: A bill was passed to legalize recreational marijuana but then was killed shortly after.


In 2013, Governor Maggie Hassan signed a bill legalizing the use of medical cannabis for patients who suffer from terminal or chronic diseases. However, the law is quite restrictive as a diagnosis alone is not enough to qualify the patient. Patients can only use medical marijuana after all other treatment options have been exhausted. In 2017, cannabis was decriminalized and misdemeanor charges for possession were replaced with a minimal fee. In 2018, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a limited recreational legalization bill however, the bill was killed by the House Ways and Means Committee shortly after.


Can I possess, buy or grow marijuana in New Hampshire?

Card carrying patients can buy and possess up to two ounces of usable medical marijuana from licensed Alternative Treatment Centers. Patients cannot grow marijuana in their home.

Qualifying conditions include but are not limited to:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Muscular Dystrophy

Can I operate a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana in New Hampshire?

No, you cannot attempt to operate or operate a vehicle under the influence of any amount of marijuana in New Hampshire.

How do I get a medical marijuana card in New Hampshire?

In order to obtain a medical marijuana card in New Hampshire, you must be diagnosed with a qualifying condition by a physician and obtain copies of your medical records describing the diagnosis. In addition to this documentation, you must also submit the required information and forms plus a small fee to complete the process.

Can I use marijuana in public in New Hampshire?

Marijuana cannot be used on school grounds, at any law enforcement facility, in any correctional facility, at the patient’s place of employment or in any public recreation center.

Can I sell marijuana in New Hampshire?

Only licensed Alternative Treatment Centers can sell cannabis in New Hampshire.


The information presented here should not be construed as legal advice. State and Federal laws are always subject to change. We aim to keep this page as updated as possible; however, for additional information regarding New Hampshire marijuana laws, please see Find Law and the National Conference of State Legislatures.