The New Hampshire legislature considered 13 bills this year related to cannabis. Only 5 of those bills passed, including one allowing physician assistants to prescribe medical marijuana and another eliminating a requirement that providers have at least a 3-month relationship with a patient prior providing them with a medical marijuana prescription. The legislature also authorized the state Department of Health and Human Services to license more medical marijuana dispensaries.
But the big news in New Hampshire regarding cannabis came in September, when Governor Chris Sununu vetoed legislation eliminating the 3-month relationship requirement and the legislature over-rode his veto. It was only the second time this year state lawmakers voted to override a veto by the governor.
Gov. Sununu vetoed the bill to “preserve responsible prescribing,” reports the New Hampshire Union Leader. But lawmakers backing the bill countered that patients don’t have to wait 3 months to get other drugs, like opioids and antipsychotics, which have more serious side effects than does cannabis.
New Hampshire passed a medical cannabis law in 2013. Cannabis can be prescribed for about two dozen medical conditions, including ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, glaucoma, Lupus, MS, nausea, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.