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Marijuana (2)

Decriminalized since 2017

Medical Marijuana (1)

Medical since 2013

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New Hampshire Governing Body Information


2019 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update

The common term for marijuana in New Hampshire is cannabis.

Cannabis Packaging and Labelling

The New Hampshire House of Representatives has recently voted to legalize recreational marijuana. In a close vote between the House of Representatives, in a 200-163 in favor majority to legalize marijuana, state representatives have stated that legalization of the drug could be coming to the state earlier than expected. It appears that some of the objections in legalizing the drug stem from taxation of cannabis at the retail level. There is also a lack of consensus on the tax structure that cannabis sales would take. Regardless of the outcome, we will be updating our page to highlight changes to New Hampshire’s marijuana Bill, Bill 481.

While we await New Hampshire’s move to legalize marijuana, we provide some updates to New Hampshire’s medical marijuana labeling here:

New Hampshire’s law on medical marijuana can also be found in RSA Chapter 126-X.

Medical Centers providing marijuana and cannabis-related products to qualified patients are known as ‘alternative treatment centers’ or ATCs.

New Hampshire Marijuana Labeling

Labels must contain the following information:

  • Labels must indicate that non-organic pesticides are not used in the cultivation or production of the marijuana
  • Labels must indicate that product is free of contaminants

As New Hampshire has stringent laws on the numbers of ATCs that operate, rules governing the labeling and packaging of cannabis are quite limited.

Alternative Treatment Centers

ATCs are expected to comply with the following requirements:

  • The label must identify the alternative treatment center with its trade name and/or business information and business address
  • The label must contain the patient’s registry number or the caregiver’s number
  • The amount and form of cannabis must be clearly indicated on the label
  • The time and date of origin of the cannabis must be indicated
  • The destination of the product must also be indicated on the labels

Other Labeling Requirements for ATCs with more than 1 location

If an ATC has more than one growing facility or center, it must comply with the following labeling requirements:

The label should contain:

  • The alternative treatment center’s registry number (each ATC location has a unique registry number)
  • The time, date, and origin of the marijuana must be clearly indicated
  • The destination of the material being transported must be listed (material includes all ingredients used to cultivate the cannabis and ingredients in the cannabis)
  • The amount and form of cannabis must be indicated on the label

Requirements for all forms of ATCs

  • The label must specify the weight of the cannabis
  • The label must also indicate that the cannabis is for therapeutic use only and that giving, selling, or distributing the cannabis to anyone else results in a Class B felony which would result in the termination of the patient’s registry identification card.

Although the following information is not required on product labelling, ATCs must provide educational pamphlets to patients with their products.

Education Pamphlets

Pamphlets must contain the following information:

  • Strains of cannabis the ATC provides
  • How to administer the cannabis
  • Different side effects
  • How to take the appropriate dosage(s) of cannabis
  • The impact of the potency of the THC or cannabis contained within each dose
  • Information on a patient’s potential dependency, withdrawal and tolerance to their prescription
  • Information relating to signs and symptoms of substance abuse must be provided
  • Referral information to addiction and/or health specialists must be provided

Pamphlets must state whether the ATC meets organic certification standards

2018 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update

The Granite State is one of the more strict in their laws related to cannabis, only joining more liberal New England states like Vermont in legalization in the 2000s. Though they were historically following the federal rules for marijuana, the legislature acknowledged the medical benefits for certain conditions while cannabis legalization was in debate. Public opinion and the Presidential Elections of November 2016 brought more changes with the introduction of HB 656. This House Bill seeks to relax laws surrounding cannabis to allow for possession of 20 grams or less, as well as other legalization procedures, though some existing criminal laws would remain.

While lawmakers debate levels of legalization that the state can tolerate, the laws as they stand are very close to federal guidelines for marijuana. Possession of the state-set limit of three quarters of an ounce (around 20 grams) subjects an adult 21 or over to a civil fine. More than that, you get a misdemeanor, but all charges involving distribution or selling still incur felony consequences.

Medical Cannabis Laws in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services oversees the Granite State’s Therapeutic Cannabis Program, which is primarily concerned with registering medical marijuana cardholders (patients only) as well as keeping records of all the evolving laws, statutes, and proposals surrounding medical cannabis in the state. On one hand, their program is very strict, allowing only a handful of dispensaries to operate in the state. However, they are also lenient in that they have the longest list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis use, including even somewhat rare diseases like “chemotherapy induced anorexia” and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

Retail Cannabis Business Rules for New Hampshire

All of these strict laws may seem disappointing to eager new cannabis product businesses wishing to open dispensaries in New Hampshire. Don’t give up hope, however, because this new legislation currently making the rounds of lawmakers could possibly open up the Granite State to new opportunities for retail cannabis. The state does require applicants for dispensary licenses to show a plan for how they will safely package and accurately label their products.

2017 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update

The Granite State has minimal regulations for the packaging of medical cannabis and related products, as they’re growing the medical marijuana program that was established by New Hampshire House Bill 573. So far, they require new cannabis businesses in New Hampshire to provide the Therapeutic Cannabis Program with a plan for how they’ll label and package their products to provide safety for NH residents. Applicants for the program must also show how that

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