SB 144-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
SENATE BILL 144-FN
AN ACT relative to qualifying medical conditions for the therapeutic use of cannabis and relative to registry identification cards.
SPONSORS: Sen. Reagan, Dist 17; Sen. Avard, Dist 12; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Feltes, Dist 15; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2; Sen. Gray, Dist 6; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5; Sen. Innis, Dist 24; Sen. Lasky, Dist 13; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Woodburn, Dist 1; Rep. J. MacKay, Merr. 14; Rep. McGuire, Merr. 29; Rep. M. Moffett, Merr. 9
COMMITTEE: Health and Human Services
This bill clarifies the definition of "qualifying medical condition" to include certain conditions which trigger certain medical symptoms and deletes the requirement that a medical provider document how the injury affects activities of daily living. This bill also clarifies the statements signed by applicants for a registry identification card.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
20Apr2017... 1165h 17-0290
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 Therapeutic Use of Cannabis; Qualifying Medical Conditions. Amend RSA 126-X:1, IX(a)(1) to read as follows:
(1) Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis C currently receiving antiviral treatment, 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, or one or more injuries or conditions that [significantly interferes with daily activities as documented by the patient's provider] has resulted in one or more qualifying symptoms under subparagraph (2); and
(h) A statement signed by the applicant, acknowledging that the applicant has received and read the statement explaining federal law as described in RSA 126-X:4, VI, pledging not to divert cannabis to anyone who is not allowed to possess cannabis pursuant to this chapter, and acknowledging that his or her diversion of cannabis is punishable as a class B felony and may result in revocation of his or her registry identification card, in addition to other penalties for the illegal sale of cannabis.
(f) A signed statement from the applicant agreeing to act as the designated caregiver for the qualifying patient named in the application [and], acknowledging that the applicant has received and read the statement explaining federal law as described in RSA 126-X:4, VI, pledging not to divert cannabis to anyone who is not allowed to possess cannabis pursuant to this chapter, and acknowledging that the diversion of cannabis is punishable as a class B felony and may result in the revocation of one's registry identification card, in addition to other penalties for the illegal sale of cannabis.
VI. The department shall provide each applicant and each approved qualifying patient and designated caregiver a statement with the registry identification card explaining current federal law on the possession of cannabis [and], that possession of a state registry identification card does not protect a person from federal criminal penalties, and that by using cannabis the qualifying patient may be subject to the denial of rights and privileges by federal agencies including, but not limited to, the loss of rights related to employment such as driving a commercial vehicle, the inability to pass a security clearance, and that the qualifying patient will lose the right to own, possess, or purchase a firearm and/or ammunition. The statement shall be updated based on any relevant changes in federal law.
SB 144-FN- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2017-1165h)
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ X ] Other - Registry Identification Card and Certificate Fund
This bill clarifies the definition of a qualifying medical condition and removes the requirement that a medical provider document how a patient's injury interferes with daily activities under RSA 126-X, which regulates use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes. This bill also clarifies the statements signed by applicants for a registry identification card. Licensing fees from the alternative treatment centers and registry identification card application fees fund the Therapeutic Cannabis Program pursuant to RSA 126-X:11. Administrative rule requires registry identification card applicants pay a $50.00 fee. The Department of Health and Human Services states this bill would increase the number of potentially qualifying patients thereby increasing revenue from applicant fees by an indeterminable amount. Expenditures would also increase by an indeterminable amount due to having to process more applications. The Department states at the conclusion of a fiscal year it will determine whether revenue generated was sufficient to cover the cost of the program. Per the Department, alternative treatment centers will be reimbursed excess revenue or if revenue was insufficient to cover expenses the centers will be required to cover the revenue shortfall in the following fiscal year.
Department of Health and Human Services
|Feb. 2, 2017||Senate||Hearing|
|Feb. 7, 2017||Senate||Hearing|
|Feb. 23, 2017||Senate||Floor Vote|
|March 15, 2017||House||Hearing|
|March 22, 2017||House||Exec Session|
|March 28, 2017||House||Exec Session|
|April 20, 2017||House||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 19, 2017||Introduced 01/19/2017 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 5|
|Feb. 2, 2017||Hearing: 02/02/2017, Room 101, LOB, 09:30 am; SC 8|
|Feb. 7, 2017||Hearing: 02/07/2017, Room 101, LOB, 01:00 pm, on proposed amendment # 2017-0257s; SC 9|
|Feb. 23, 2017||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-0498s, 02/23/2017; SC 11|
|Feb. 23, 2017||Committee Amendment # 2017-0498s, AA, VV; 02/23/2017; SJ 7|
|Feb. 23, 2017||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2017-0498s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 02/23/2017; SJ 7|
|Feb. 16, 2017||Introduced 02/16/2017 and referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs HJ 8 P. 45|
|March 15, 2017||Public Hearing: 03/15/2017 01:15 PM LOB 205|
|March 22, 2017||==RECESSED== Executive Session: 03/22/2017 09:00 AM LOB 205|
|March 28, 2017||==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 03/28/2017 01:00 PM LOB 205|
|April 20, 2017||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-1165h for 04/20/2017 (Vote 21-0; CC) HC 20 P. 5|
|April 20, 2017||Amendment # 2017-1165h: AA VV 04/20/2017 HJ 14 P. 5|
|April 20, 2017||Ought to Pass with Amendment 1165h: MA VV 04/20/2017 HJ 14 P. 5|
|May 11, 2017||Sen. Bradley Moved Nonconcur with the House Amendment; Requests C of C, MA, VV; 05/11/2017; SJ 16|
|May 11, 2017||President Appoints: Senators Bradley, Gray, Hennessey; 05/11/2017; SJ 16|
|June 1, 2017||House Refuses to Accede to Senate Request for CofC (Rep. Kotowski): MA VV 06/01/2017 HJ 17 P. 4|