The New Hampshire House has introduced House Bill 461 to increase the list of qualifying conditions by 3. The proposed conditions include anxiety, insomnia and Lyme disease. Representative Wendy Thomas sponsored the legislation.
A debate could occur as these conditions can present differently for each patient, according to an interview with Representative Thomas on New Hampshire Public Radio. Lyme disease has a host of symptoms. Insomnia is a symptom of lack of sleep and several other conditions. Anxiety is also a symptom and a condition that has multiple reasons for being present.
New Hampshire could be the first state to include Lyme disease and insomnia as qualifying conditions for medical marijuana. These conditions, especially Lyme disease, tie in with other, already approved qualifying conditions.
Representative Thomas works at a dispensary herself. She is also a medical marijuana patient herself.
It isn’t known when the bill will be heard and/or voted on.