HB599 (2021) Detail

Relative to the therapeutic cannabis medical oversight board.


HB 599-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2021 SESSION

21-0043

11/05

 

HOUSE BILL 599-FN

 

AN ACT relative to the therapeutic cannabis medical oversight board.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Acton, Rock. 10; Rep. M. Pearson, Rock. 34

 

COMMITTEE: Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires the medical director of the department of health and human services to conduct a review of qualifying medical conditions under the therapeutic cannabis law.  The bill also requires members of the therapeutic cannabis medical oversight board to disclose certain conflicts of interest before participating in matters in which such conflicts of interest exist.

 

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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-0043

11/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT relative to the therapeutic cannabis medical oversight board.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Statement of Intent.  The general court recognizes its obligation to ensure the medical oversight board adheres to standard state conflict of interest provisions.  Even the perception of conflict of interest could adversely impact the board’s statutory role to monitor and contribute to the oversight of the clinical, quality, and public health related matters of the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes.  The general court also recognizes its obligation to protect the health and safety of the 8,302 qualified patients enrolled in the therapeutic cannabis program (TCP 2019 Annual Data Report).  The United States Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued recent advisories on the health risks and side-effects of marijuana use.

2  Medical Director; Review Required.  The medical director, department of health and human services, as chairperson of the therapeutic cannabis medical oversight board, is directed to conduct a review of the current medical and scientific evidence pertaining to approved qualifying medical conditions under RSA 126-X:1, IX and make recommendations to the commissioner to add or remove qualifying medical conditions pursuant to subparagraph RSA 126-X:12, IV(a).  This review should include, but not be limited to, recent scientific advances in treatment for glaucoma, epilepsy, PTSD and autism spectrum disorder now in use since passage of the therapeutic cannabis law in 2013.  

3  Report Required.  The commissioner of the department of health and human services shall report on recommended legislation based on the medical director's findings no later than 90 days after the passage of this act to the joint legislative oversight committee on health and human services established pursuant to RSA 126-A:13.

4  Therapeutic Cannabis Medical Oversight Board; Membership.  Amend the introductory paragraph of RSA 126-X:12, II to read as follows:

II.  The board shall consist of the medical director, department of health and human services, or designee, a qualifying patient, appointed by the commissioner of the department, a clinical representative from an alternative treatment center, appointed by the commissioner, and 10 medical providers also appointed by the commissioner.  Board members shall, prior to participating in any matter, disclose whether they have a private, financial, or pecuniary interest which may directly or indirectly affect or influence the performance of their duties relative to that matter.  The medical provider members shall represent the following fields:

5  Effective Date.  

I.  Sections 1 and 4 of this act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.

 

LBA

21-0043

1/13/21

 

HB 599-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to the therapeutic cannabis medical oversight board.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

FY 2024

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill makes several changes to the therapeutic cannabis medical oversight board, including:

  1. Transferring responsibility from certain clinical review and research functions from the 13-member board to the Medical Director of the Department of Health and Human Services. Such review would involve a combination of 21 identified diagnoses.
  2. Requiring that the above review be completed and reported to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services within 90 days of the bill’s passage. The Department notes that this is an additional reporting requirement beyond the current annual reporting requirement of the board.
  3. Adding language related to conflict of interest of board members, requiring disclosure of a private, financial, or pecuniary interest in certain board matters.

 

The Department states that (1) and (2) above would require additional resources, but that the amount of any such increase is indeterminable.

 

Any fiscal impact is assumed to take place in FY 2022 and beyond.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Health and Human Services

 

Links

HB599 at GenCourtMobile
HB599 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 23, 2021 House Hearing
House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB599 Revision: 31955 Date: Jan. 13, 2021, 4:09 p.m.

Docket


: Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 20-0; CC)


Feb. 23, 2021: Public Hearing: 02/23/2021 10:30 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/95885653389 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day (time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened.


Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 01/06/2021 and referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs HJ 2 P. 56