HB605 (2021) Detail

Relative to the therapeutic cannabis program.


HB 605-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

8Apr2021... 0646h

2021 SESSION

21-0014

04/06

 

HOUSE BILL 605-FN

 

AN ACT relative to the therapeutic cannabis program.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Conley, Straf. 13; Rep. Chase, Straf. 18; Rep. Acton, Rock. 10; Rep. Moran, Hills. 34; Rep. McWilliams, Merr. 27; Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21

 

COMMITTEE: Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill

 

I.  Adds opioid use disorder as a qualifying medical condition for the purpose of the therapeutic use of cannabis.

 

II.  Amends the definitions of "alternative treatment center" and "therapeutic use" and "visiting qualifying patient" in the therapeutic cannabis statute.

 

III.  Permits out-of-state residents qualified in other jurisdictions to purchase therapeutic cannabis at New Hampshire therapeutic dispensaries.

 

IV.  Requires the department of health and human services to adopt rules regarding an alternative treatment center's verification of a visiting qualifying patient's identification.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

8Apr2021... 0646h 21-0014

04/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT relative to the therapeutic cannabis program.

 

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

 

1  New Subparagraph; Use of Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes; Definitions.  Amend RSA 126-X:1, IX(b) by inserting after subparagraph (3) the following new subparagraph:

(4)  Opioid use disorder, with the following restrictions:

(A) When certified only by a board certified addiction medicine or addiction psychiatry provider who is actively treating the patient for opioid use disorder; and  

(B)  With associated symptoms of cravings and/or withdrawal.

2  Use of Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes; Definitions.  Amend RSA 126-X:1, I to read as follows:

I.  "Alternative treatment center" means a not-for-profit entity registered under RSA 126-X:7 that acquires, possesses, cultivates, manufactures, delivers, transfers, transports, sells, supplies, and dispenses cannabis, and related supplies and educational materials, to qualifying patients [and], designated caregivers, other alternative treatment centers, and visiting qualifying patients.

3  Use of Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes; Definitions.  Amend RSA 126-X:1, XIII(b) to read as follows:

(b)  Cultivation or purchase by a visiting qualifying patient from a qualifying patient or designated caregiver; or

4  Use of Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes; Definitions.  Amend RSA 126-X:1, XVI to read as follows:

XVI.  "Visiting qualifying patient" means a [patient with a qualifying medical condition who is not a resident of New Hampshire or who has been a resident of New Hampshire for fewer than 30 days and is not eligible to purchase therapeutic cannabis in New Hampshire or receive cannabis from a qualifying New Hampshire patient] person who is not a resident of New Hampshire, or who has been a resident of New Hampshire for fewer than 90 days, who has been issued a valid registry identification card, or its equivalent, under the laws of another state, district, territory, commonwealth, or insular possession of the United States, or under the laws of Canada, that allows, in the jurisdiction of issuance, that person to possess cannabis for therapeutic purposes.

5  Use of Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes; Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Protections.  Amend RSA 126-X:2, V to read as follows:

V.  A valid registry identification card, or its equivalent, that is issued under the laws of another state, district, territory, commonwealth, or insular possession of the United States, or under the laws of Canada that allows, in the jurisdiction of issuance, a visiting qualifying patient to possess cannabis for therapeutic purposes, shall have the same force and effect and be subject to the same restrictions as a valid registry identification card issued by the department in this state, provided that[:

(a)  The visiting qualifying patient shall also produce a statement from his or her provider stating that the visiting qualifying patient has a qualifying medical condition as defined in RSA 126-X:1; and

(b)]  a visiting qualifying patient shall not cultivate [or purchase] cannabis in New Hampshire or obtain or purchase cannabis from [alternative treatment centers or from] a [qualifying] New Hampshire qualifying patient or designated caregiver.

6  New Paragraph; Use of Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes; Departmental Rules.  Amend RSA 126-X:6 by inserting after paragraph V the following new paragraph:

VI.  The department shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, regarding an alternative treatment center's verification of a visiting qualifying patient's registry identification card, or its equivalent.

7  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBA

21-0014

1/13/21

 

HB 605-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to the therapeutic cannabis program.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

The Office of Legislative Budget Assistant is unable to complete a fiscal note for this bill, as introduced, as it is awaiting information from the Department of Health and Human Services.  When completed, the fiscal note will be forwarded to the House Clerk's Office.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Health and Human Services

 

 

Links

HB605 at GenCourtMobile
HB605 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 23, 2021 House Hearing
March 2, 2021 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
April 21, 2021 Senate Hearing
May 6, 2021 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB605 Revision: 32352 Date: April 8, 2021, 5:18 p.m.
HB605 Revision: 31978 Date: Jan. 14, 2021, 12:20 p.m.

Docket


May 6, 2021: Pending Motion Ought to Pass; 05/06/2021; SJ 14


May 6, 2021: Sen. Bradley Moved Laid on Table, RC 18Y-5N, MA; 05/06/2021; SJ 14


May 6, 2021: Committee Amendment # 2021-1234s, RC 10Y-13N, AF; 05/06/2021; SJ 14


May 6, 2021: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2021-1234s, 05/06/2021; SC 22


April 21, 2021: Remote Hearing: 04/21/2021, 09:00 am; Links to join the hearing can be found in the Senate Calendar; SC 20


April 8, 2021: Introduced 04/08/2021 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 12


April 8, 2021: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2021-0646h: MA VV 04/08/2021


April 8, 2021: Amendment # 2021-0646h: AA VV 04/08/2021


: Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2021-0645h


: Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2021-0646h (Vote 17-3; RC) HC 18


March 2, 2021: Executive Session: 03/02/2021 12:30 pm Members of the public may attend using the following links: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/99282187833


Feb. 23, 2021: Public Hearing: 02/23/2021 01:00 pm 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