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New Hampshire Approves Marijuana Use for Chronic Pain Sufferers

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Moderate to severe chronic pain is now a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in New Hampshire. Governor Sununu signed HB 157 into law. It will go into effect in just under 60 days.

The current law says that “severe pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects” is allowed, according to Marijuana Policy Project.  Those experiencing severe pain must have a qualifying condition leading to the chronic pain to qualify. The new law makes it easier for chronic pain sufferers to qualify.

Two other bills, HB 640 decriminalizing marijuana possession and HB 160 to add PTSD to the qualifying conditions are still awaiting delivery to the Governor’s desk. The bills must be printed off by the Secretary of State’s office before they can be delivered. At the end of a legislative session, this is common.