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Open a Medical Marijuana Dispensary in New Hampshire

On June 26, 2013 the Legislature voted 284-66 Wednesday on compromise legislation that Gov. Maggie Hassan has said she will sign. The bill allows patients diagnosed with cancer, Crohn's disease and other conditions to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana obtained from one of four dispensaries authorized by the state. On July 23, 2013 Governor Maggie Hassan signed the bill into law.

New Hampshire Summary

  • Requires non-profit corporation
  • Dispensary location and one additional cultivation site
  • Security, operations and record keeping as well as other plans the division recommends

 

New Hampshire Demographics


Population: 1,320,718

GDP Per Capita: $31,266

Decriminalized: No

Medical Marijuana: Yes

Summary: Legislature Passed

Registered Patients: 0

Amount Allowed: 2 ounces

Qualifying Conditions:
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, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic pancreatitis, spinal cord injury or disease, traumatic brain injury, or one or more injuries that significantly interferes with daily activities as documented by the patient’s provider; and

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2) A severely debilitating or terminal medical condition or its treatment that has produced at least one of the following: elevated intraocular pressure, cachexia, chemotherapy-induced anorexia, wasting syndrome, severe pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures, or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects, constant or severe nausea, moderate to severe vomiting, seizures, or severe, persistent muscle spasms.

Distribution System: 4 Dispensary Sites with additional cultivation site vertically integrated.

 

 

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Illinois Gears Up For Medical Marijuana

New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Law | Bill Text: NH HB573

AMENDED BY THE SENATE

 

20Mar2013… 0797h

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2013 SESSION

13-0279

04/01

HOUSE BILL 573-FN

AN ACT relative to the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes.

SPONSORS: Rep. Schlachman, Rock 18; Rep. Vaillancourt, Hills 15; Rep. Robertson, Ches 6; Rep. Wright, Carr 8; Rep. Renzullo, Hills 37; Rep. LeBrun, Hills 32; Rep. DeSimone, Rock 14; Rep. Kidder, Merr 5; Rep. Gale, Hills 28; Rep. Lovejoy, Rock 36; Sen. Woodburn, Dist 1; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Cataldo, Dist 6

COMMITTEE: Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs

AMENDED ANALYSIS

This bill authorizes the use of therapeutic cannabis in New Hampshire.

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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.

20Mar2013… 0797h

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04/01

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Thirteen

AN ACT relative to the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes.

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

1 New Chapter; Use of Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes. Amend RSA by inserting after chapter 126-V the following new chapter:

CHAPTER 126-W

USE OF CANNABIS FOR THERAPEUTIC PURPOSES

126-W:1 Definitions. In this chapter:

I. “Alternative treatment center” means a not-for-profit entity registered under RSA 126-W:7 that acquires, possesses, cultivates, manufactures, delivers, transfers, transports, sells, supplies, and dispenses cannabis, and related supplies and educational materials, to qualifying patients and alternative treatment centers.

II. “Alternative treatment center agent” means a principal officer, board member, employee, manager, or volunteer of an alternative treatment center who is 21 years of age or older and has not been convicted of a felony or any drug-related offense.

III. “Cannabis” means all parts of any plant of the Cannabis genus of plants, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and every compound, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds, or resin. Such term shall not include the mature stalks of such plants, fiber produced from such stalks, oil, or cake made from the seeds of such plants, any other compound, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil or cake, or the sterilized seeds of such plants which are incapable of germination.

IV. “Cultivation location” means a locked and enclosed site, under the control of an alternative treatment center where cannabis is cultivated, secured with one or more locks or other security devices in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.

V. “Department” means the department of health and human services.

VI. “Designated caregiver” means an individual:

(a) Who is at least 21 years of age;

(b) Who has agreed to assist with one or more (not to exceed 5) qualifying patient’s therapeutic use of cannabis;

(c) Who has never been convicted of a felony or any felony drug-related offense; and

(d) Who possesses a valid registry identification card issued pursuant to RSA 126-W:4.

VII.(a) “Provider” means a physician licensed to prescribe drugs to humans under RSA 329 and who possesses certification from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration to prescribe controlled substances. “Provider” shall also mean an advanced practice registered nurse licensed pursuant to RSA 326-B:18.

(b) For a visiting qualifying patient, “provider” means an individual licensed to prescribe drugs to humans in the state of the patient’s residence and who possesses certification from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration to prescribe controlled substances. Such visiting patient is not eligible to purchase or transfer cannabis from an eligible New Hampshire patient.

VIII. “Provider-patient relationship” means at least a 3-month medical relationship between a licensed provider and a patient that includes an in-person exam, a history, a diagnosis, and a treatment plan appropriate for the licensee’s medical specialty.

IX.(a) “Qualifying medical condition” means the presence of:

(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, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic pancreatitis, spinal cord injury or disease, traumatic brain injury, or one or more injuries that significantly interferes with daily activities as documented by the patient’s provider; and

(2) A severely debilitating or terminal medical condition or its treatment that has produced at least one of the following: elevated intraocular pressure, cachexia, chemotherapy-induced anorexia, wasting syndrome, severe pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures, or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects, constant or severe nausea, moderate to severe vomiting, seizures, or severe, persistent muscle spasms.

(b) The department may include a medical condition that is not listed in subparagraph (a) that the department determines, on a case by case basis, is severely debilitating or terminal, based upon the written request of a provider who furnishes written certification to the department.

X. “Qualifying patient” means a resident of New Hampshire who has been diagnosed by a provider as having a qualifying medical condition and who possesses a valid registry identification card issued pursuant to RSA 126-W:4.

XI. “Registry identification card” means a document indicating the date issued and expiration date by the department pursuant to RSA 126-W:4 that identifies an individual as a qualifying patient or a designated caregiver.

XII. “Seedling” means a cannabis plant that has no flowers and is less than 12 inches in height and less than 12 inches in diameter.

XIII. “Therapeutic use” means the acquisition, possession, cultivation, preparation, use, delivery, transfer, or transportation of cannabis or paraphernalia relating to the administration of cannabis to treat or alleviate a qualifying patient’s qualifying medical condition or symptoms or results of treatment associated with the qualifying patient’s qualifying medical condition. It shall not include:

(a) The use of cannabis by a designated caregiver who is not a qualifying patient; or

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

(c) Cultivation by a designated caregiver or qualifying patient.

XIV. “Unusable cannabis” means any cannabis, other than usable cannabis, including the seeds, stalks, and roots of the plant.

XV. “Usable cannabis” means the dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant and any mixture or preparation thereof, but does not include the seeds, stalks, and roots of the plant and does not include the weight of any non-cannabis ingredients combined with cannabis and prepared for consumption as food or drink.

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.

XVII. “Written certification” means documentation of a qualifying medical condition by a provider pursuant to rules adopted by the department pursuant to RSA 541-A for the purpose of issuing registry identification cards, after having completed a full assessment of the patient’s medical history and current medical condition made in the course of a provider-patient relationship of at least 3 months in duration. The 3-month requirement for the provider-patient relationship required in this paragraph shall not apply if the provider issuing the written certification certifies that the onset of the patient’s qualifying medical condition occurred within the past 3 months; and the certifying provider is primarily responsible for the patient’s care related to his or her qualifying medical condition. The date of issuance and the patient’s qualifying medical condition, symptoms or side effects, the certifying provider’s name, medical specialty and signature shall be specified on the written certification.

126-W:2 Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Protections.

I. A qualifying patient shall not be subject to arrest by state or local law enforcement, prosecution or penalty under state or municipal law, or be denied any right or privilege for the therapeutic use of cannabis in accordance with this chapter, if the qualifying patient possesses an amount of cannabis that does not exceed the following, if the qualifying patient does not have a designated caregiver, for the possession of cannabis that occurs at the cultivation location reported to the department:

(1) Two ounces of usable cannabis; and

(2) Any amount of unusable cannabis.

II. A designated caregiver shall not be subject to arrest by state or local law enforcement, prosecution or penalty under state or municipal law, or denied any right or privilege for the therapeutic use of cannabis in accordance with this chapter on behalf of a qualifying patient if the designated caregiver possesses, an amount of cannabis that does not exceed the following, if at the cultivation location of an alternative treatment center reported to the department:

(1) Two ounces of usable cannabis, or the total amount allowable for the number of qualifying patients for which he or she is a designated caregiver; and

(2) Any amount of unusable cannabis.

III. A designated caregiver may receive compensation for costs, not including labor, associated with assisting a qualifying patient who has designated the designated caregiver to assist him or her with the therapeutic use of cannabis. Such compensation shall not constitute the sale of controlled substances.

IV.(a) A qualifying patient is presumed to be lawfully engaged in the therapeutic use of cannabis in accordance with this chapter if the qualifying patient possesses a valid registry identification card and possesses an amount of cannabis that does not exceed the amount allowed under this chapter.

(b) A designated caregiver is presumed to be lawfully engaged in assisting with the therapeutic use of cannabis in accordance with this chapter if the designated caregiver possesses a valid registry identification card and possesses an amount of cannabis that does not exceed the amount allowed under this chapter.

(c) The presumptions made in subparagraphs (a) and (b) may be rebutted by evidence that conduct related to cannabis was not for the purpose of treating or alleviating the qualifying patient’s qualifying medical condition or symptoms or effects of the treatment associated with the qualifying medical condition, in accordance with this chapter.

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 that allows, in the jurisdiction of issuance, a visiting qualifying patient to possess cannabis for therapeutic purposes, shall have the same force and effect 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-W:1; and

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

VI. A person otherwise entitled to custody of, or visitation or parenting time with, a minor shall not be denied such a right solely for conduct allowed under this chapter, and there shall be no presumption of neglect or child endangerment.

VII. For the purposes of medical care, including organ transplants, a qualifying patient’s authorized use of cannabis in accordance with this chapter shall be considered the equivalent of the authorized use of any other medication used at the direction of a provider, and shall not constitute the use of an illicit substance.

VIII. A provider shall not be subject to arrest by state or local law enforcement, prosecution or penalty under state or municipal law, or be denied any right or privilege, including but not limited to a civil penalty or disciplinary action by the New Hampshire board of medicine or any other occupational or professional licensing entity, solely for providing written certifications, provided that nothing shall prevent a professional licensing entity from sanctioning a provider for failing to properly evaluate a patient’s medical condition.

IX. An alternative treatment center shall not be subject to prosecution under state or municipal law, search, or inspection, except by the department pursuant to RSA 126-W:7, IX; seizure; or penalty in any manner under state or municipal law for acting pursuant to this chapter and department rules to:

(a) Acquire or purchase cannabis seeds or seedlings;

(b) Possess, cultivate, manufacture, or transport cannabis and seedlings; or

(c) Deliver, transfer, supply, sell, or dispense cannabis and related supplies and educational materials to qualifying patients who have designated the alternative treatment center to provide for them, to designated caregivers on behalf of the qualifying patients who have designated the alternative treatment center, or to other alternative treatment centers.

X. An alternative treatment center agent shall not be subject to arrest by state or local law enforcement, prosecution or penalty in any manner under state or municipal law, search, or be denied any right or privilege for working for an alternative treatment center pursuant to this chapter and department rules to engage in any of the actions listed in paragraph IX.

XI. Any cannabis, cannabis paraphernalia, licit property, or interest in licit property that is possessed, owned, or used in connection with the therapeutic use of cannabis as allowed under this chapter, or acts incidental to such use, shall not be seized or forfeited if the basis for the seizure or forfeiture is activity related to cannabis that is exempt from state criminal penalties under this chapter.

XII. An individual shall not be subject to arrest by state or local law enforcement, prosecution or penalty under state or municipal law, or be denied any right or privilege, including but not limited to a civil penalty or disciplinary action by a court or occupational or professional licensing entity, simply for being in the presence or vicinity of the therapeutic use of cannabis as allowed under this chapter.

XIII. If a state or local law enforcement agency or agent encounters an alternative treatment center or an individual who the agent or agency knows is an alternative treatment center agent, a designated caregiver, or a qualifying patient, or who credibly asserts he or she is an alternative treatment center agent, a designated caregiver, or a qualifying patient, the law enforcement agency or agent shall not provide any information from any cannabis-related investigation of the individual or entity to any law enforcement agency that does not recognize the protection of this chapter, and any prosecution of the individual or entity for a violation of this chapter shall be conducted pursuant to the laws of this state. This paragraph shall not apply in cases where the state or local law enforcement agency has probable cause to believe the person is distributing cannabis to a person who is not allowed to possess it under this chapter. Any seizure of cannabis by law enforcement agents for a violation of this chapter shall be limited to the amount of cannabis in excess of the quantities permitted under this chapter and any such cannabis seized shall not be returned.

XIV. A person who ceases to be a qualifying patient or designated caregiver shall have 10 days after notification by the department to dispose of cannabis in one of the following ways:

(a) If the person was a designated caregiver and the qualifying patient who designated the caregiver is still a qualifying patient, but has designated a new caregiver, the designated caregiver may transfer cannabis to the new designated caregiver;

(b) The person may notify local law enforcement and request that they dispose of the cannabis; or

(c) The person may dispose of the cannabis, after mixing the cannabis with other ingredients such as soil to render it unusable.

126-W:3 Prohibitions and Limitations on the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis.

I. A qualifying patient may use cannabis on privately-owned real property only with written permission of the property owner or in the case of leased property with the permission of the tenant in possession of the property, except that a tenant shall not allow a qualifying patient to smoke cannabis on rented property if smoking on the property violates the lease or the lessor’s rental policies that apply to all tenants at the property. However, a tenant may permit a qualifying patient to use cannabis on leased property by ingestion or inhalation through vaporization even if smoking is prohibited by the lease or rental policies. For purposes of this chapter, vaporization shall mean the inhalation of cannabis without the combustion of the cannabis.

II. Nothing in this chapter shall exempt any person from arrest or prosecution for:

(a) Being under the influence of cannabis while:

(1) Operating a motor vehicle, commercial vehicle, boat, vessel, or any other vehicle propelled or drawn by power other than muscular power; or

(2) In his or her place of employment, without the written permission of the employer; or

(3) Operating heavy machinery or handling a dangerous instrumentality.

(b) The use or possession of cannabis by a qualifying patient or designated caregiver for purposes other than for therapeutic use as permitted by this chapter;

(c) The smoking or vaporization of cannabis in any public place, including:

(1) Public bus, or other public vehicle; or

(2) Any public park, public beach, or public field.

(d) The possession of cannabis in any of the following:

(1) The building and grounds of any preschool, elementary, or secondary school, or area designated as a drug free zone; or

(2) A place of employment, without the written permission of the employer; or

(3) Any correctional facility; or

(4) Any public recreation center or youth center; or

(5) Any law enforcement facility.

III. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to require:

(a) Any health insurance provider, health care plan, or medical assistance program to be liable for any claim for reimbursement for the therapeutic use of cannabis; or

(b) Any individual or entity in lawful possession of property to allow a guest, client, customer, or other visitor to use cannabis on or in that property; or

(c) Any accommodation of the therapeutic use of cannabis on the property or premises of any place of employment or on the property or premises of any jail, correctional facility, or other type of penal institution where prisoners reside or persons under arrest are detained. This chapter shall in no way limit an employer’s ability to discipline an employee for ingesting cannabis in the workplace or for working while under the influence of cannabis.

IV. Any person who makes a fraudulent representation to a law enforcement official of any fact or circumstance relating to the therapeutic use of cannabis to avoid arrest or prosecution shall be guilty of a violation and may be fined $500, which shall be in addition to any other penalties that may apply for making a false statement or for the use of cannabis other than use undertaken pursuant to this chapter.

V. A qualifying patient or designated caregiver who is found to be in possession of cannabis outside of his or her home and is not in possession of his or her registry identification card may be subject to a fine of up to $100.

VI. Any qualifying patient or designated caregiver who sells cannabis to another person who is not a qualifying patient or designated caregiver under this chapter shall be subject to the penalties specified in RSA 318-B:26, IX-a, shall have his or her registry identification card revoked, and shall be subject to other penalties as provided in RSA 318-B:26.

VII. The department may revoke the registry identification card of a qualifying patient or designated caregiver for violation of rules adopted by the department or for violation of any other provision of this chapter, and the qualifying patient or designated caregiver shall be subject to any other penalties established in law for the violation.

126-W:4 Departmental Administration; Registry Identification Cards.

I. Except as provided in paragraph V, the department shall create and issue a registry identification card to a person applying as a qualifying patient who submits all of the following information:

(a) Written certification as defined in RSA 126-W:1.

(b) An application or a renewal application accompanied by the application or renewal fee.

(c) A recent passport-sized photograph of the applicant’s face.

(d) Name, residential and mailing address, and date of birth of the applicant, except that if the applicant is homeless, no residential address is required.

(e) Name, address, and telephone number of the applicant’s provider.

(f) Name, address, and date of birth of the applicant’s designated caregiver, if any. A qualifying patient shall have only one designated caregiver.

(g) Name of the alternative treatment center that the qualifying patient designates. A qualifying patient may designate no more than one alternative treatment center at any time.

(h) A statement signed by the applicant, 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 revocation of his or her registry identification card, in addition to other penalties for the illegal sale of cannabis.

II. Except as provided in paragraph V, the department shall create and issue a registry identification card to a person applying as a designated caregiver who submits all of the following information:

(a) An application or a renewal application.

(b) A recent passport-sized photograph of the applicant’s face.

(c) Name, residential and mailing address, and date of birth of the applicant.

(d) Name, residential and mailing address, and date of birth of each qualifying patient for whom the applicant will act as designated caregiver, except that if the qualifying patient is homeless, no residential address is required.

(e) Street address of the alternative treatment center.

(f) A signed statement from the applicant agreeing to act as the designated caregiver for the qualifying patient named in the application and 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 revocation of one’s registry identification card, in addition to other penalties for the illegal sale of cannabis.

(g) Every applicant for designated caregiver shall submit to the department a notarized criminal history record release form, as provided by the New Hampshire division of state police, department of safety, which authorizes the release of his or her criminal history record, if any, to the department. The applicant shall submit with the release from a complete set of fingerprints taken by a qualified law enforcement agency or an authorized employee of the department of safety. In the event that the first set of fingerprints is invalid due to insufficient pattern, a second set of fingerprints shall be necessary in order to complete the criminal history records check. If, after 2 attempts, a set of fingerprints is invalid due to insufficient pattern, the department may, in lieu of the criminal history records check, accept police clearances from every city, town, or county where the person has lived during the past 5 years. The department shall submit the criminal history records release form and fingerprint form to the division of state police which shall conduct a criminal history records check through its records and through the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Upon completion of the records check, the division of state police shall release copies of the criminal history records to the department. The department shall maintain the confidentiality of all criminal history records information received pursuant to this section. The applicant shall bear the cost of a criminal history record check.

III. The department shall verify the information contained in an application or renewal submitted pursuant to this section. The department shall approve or deny an application or renewal for a qualifying patient within 15 days of receipt of the application. The department shall approve or deny an application or renewal to serve as a designated caregiver within 15 days of receipt of the application. The department may deny an application or renewal only if the applicant did not provide the information required pursuant to this section, or if the applicant previously had a registry identification card revoked for violating the provisions of this chapter or rules adopted by the department, or if the department determines that the information provided was falsified or did not meet the requirements of this chapter or rules adopted by the department. The department shall notify an applicant of the denial of an application. An applicant who is aggrieved by a department decision may request an administrative hearing at the department.

IV. The department shall create and issue a registry identification card to a person applying as a qualifying patient or designated caregiver within 5 days of approving an application or renewal. Each registry identification card shall expire one year after the date of issuance, unless the provider states in the written certification that the certification should expire at an earlier specified date, then the registry identification card shall expire on that date. Registry identification cards shall contain all of the following:

(a) Name, mailing address, and date of birth of the qualifying patient or designated caregiver.

(b) The date of issuance and expiration date of the registry identification card.

(c) A random 10-digit identification number, containing at least

4 numbers and at least 4 letters, that is unique to the qualifying patient or the designated caregiver.

(d) A designation that the person is either a “qualifying patient” or a “designated caregiver.” If the person is a designated caregiver, the identification card shall include the random 10-digit identification number for each qualifying patient for whom he or she is providing care.

(e) The registry identification number corresponding with the alternative treatment center the qualifying patient designated, if any.

(f) A passport-sized photograph of the qualifying patient’s or designated caregiver’s face.

(g) A statement that the qualifying patient or designated caregiver is permitted under state law to possess cannabis pursuant to this chapter for the therapeutic use of the qualifying patient.

V. The department shall not issue a registry identification card to an applicant under 18 years of age who is applying as a qualifying patient unless:

(a) A custodial parent or legal guardian responsible for health care decisions for the qualifying patient submits a written certification from 2 providers, one of whom shall be a pediatrician.

(b) The applicant’s provider has explained the potential risks and benefits of the therapeutic use of cannabis to the custodial parent or legal guardian with responsibility for health care decisions for the applicant.

(c) The custodial parent or legal guardian with responsibility for health care decisions for the applicant consents in writing to:

(1) Allow the applicant’s therapeutic use of cannabis; and

(2) Serve as the applicant’s designated caregiver and control the acquisition of the cannabis and the frequency of the therapeutic use of cannabis by the applicant.

(d) The custodial parent or legal guardian completes an application in accordance with the requirements of paragraph I on behalf of the applicant.

VI. The department shall provide each approved qualifying patient and designated caregiver a statement with the registry identification card explaining 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.

VII.(a) The department shall track the number of qualifying patients who have designated each alternative treatment center and issue a monthly written statement to the alternative treatment center identifying the number of qualifying patients who have designated that alternative treatment center along with the registry identification numbers of each qualifying patient and each qualifying patient’s designated caregiver.

(b) The department shall track the number of qualifying patients certified by each provider and registered with the department. Any concerns regarding provider conduct shall be referred to the New Hampshire board of medicine or the New Hampshire board of nursing.

VIII. In addition to the monthly reports, the department shall also provide written notice to an alternative treatment center which identifies the names and registration identification numbers of a qualifying patient and his or her designated caregiver whenever any of the following events occur:

(a) A qualifying patient designates the alternative treatment center to serve his or her needs under this chapter;

(b) An existing qualifying patient revokes the designation of the alternative treatment center; or

(c) A qualifying patient who has designated the alternative treatment center loses his or her status as a qualifying patient under this chapter.

IX.(a) A qualifying patient shall notify the department before changing his or her designated caregiver or alternative treatment center.

(b) A qualifying patient shall notify the department of any change in his or her name or address within 10 days of such change. If the qualifying patient’s certifying provider notifies the department in writing that the qualifying patient no longer suffers from a qualifying medical condition or should discontinue using cannabis for another compelling reason, the registry identification card shall become void upon notification by the department to the qualifying patient.

(c) When a qualifying patient or a designated caregiver notifies the department of any change to a name, address, or alternative treatment center, the department shall issue the qualifying patient or designated caregiver a new registry identification card with a new random 10-digit identification number within 20 days of receiving the updated information.

(d) If a qualifying patient notifies the department of a change in his or her designated caregiver and the prospective designated caregiver meets the requirements of this chapter, the department shall issue the designated caregiver a registry identification card with a new random 10-digit identification number within 50 days of receiving the designated caregiver’s application.

(e) A qualifying patient or designated caregiver who fails to notify the department of any changes to his or her name, address, designated caregiver, or cultivation location shall be guilty of a violation and may be subject to a fine not to exceed $150 under rules adopted by the department.

(f) If a qualifying patient or designated caregiver loses his or her registry identification card, he or she shall notify the department within 10 days of losing the card. Within 5 days after such notification, the department shall issue a new registry identification card with a new random 10-digit identification number. The fee for new registry cards shall be established in rules set by the department pursuant to RSA 541-A.

X. Mere possession of, or application for, a registry identification card shall not constitute probable cause or reasonable suspicion, nor shall it be used to support the search of the individual or property of the individual possessing or applying for the registry identification card. The possession of, or application for, a registry identification card shall not preclude the existence of probable cause if probable cause exists on other grounds.

XI.(a) The department shall create and maintain a confidential registry of each individual who has applied for and received a registry identification card as a qualifying patient or a designated caregiver in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. Each entry in the registry shall contain the qualifying patient’s or designated caregiver’s name, mailing address, date of birth, date of registry identification card issuance, date of registry identification card expiration, random 10-digit identification number, and registry identification number of the qualifying patient’s designated alternative treatment center, if any. The confidential registry and the information contained in it shall be exempt from disclosure under RSA 91-A.

(b)(1) Except as specifically provided in this chapter, no person shall have access to any information about qualifying patients or designated caregivers in the department’s confidential registry, or any information otherwise maintained by the department about providers and alternative treatment centers, except for authorized employees of the department in the course of their official duties and local and state law enforcement personnel who have detained or arrested an individual who claims to be engaged in the therapeutic use of cannabis.

(2) If a local or state law enforcement officer submits a sworn affidavit to the department affirming that he or she has probable cause to believe cannabis is possessed at a specific address, an authorized employee for the department may disclose whether the location is associated with a qualifying patient, designated caregiver, or cultivation location of an alternative treatment center location.

(3) If a local or state law enforcement officer submits a sworn affidavit to the department affirming that he or she has probable cause to believe a specific individual possesses cannabis, an authorized employee for the department may disclose whether the person is a qualifying patient or a designated caregiver, provided that the law enforcement officer provides the person’s name and address or name and date of birth.

(4) Counsel for the department may notify law enforcement officials about falsified or fraudulent information submitted to the department where counsel has made a legal determination that there is probable cause to believe the information is false or falsified.

XII. Within 5 days of learning of the death of a qualifying patient, a surviving family member, caretaker, executor, or the patient’s designated caregiver shall notify the department that the qualifying patient has died. Within 5 days of learning of the death of a qualifying patient, the surviving family member, caretaker, executor, or the patient’s designated caregiver shall either request that the local law enforcement agency remove any remaining cannabis or shall dispose of the cannabis in a manner that is specified in 126-W:2, XIV.

126-W:5 Affirmative Defense.

I. It shall be an affirmative defense for any person charged with manufacturing, possessing, having under his or her control, selling, purchasing, prescribing, administering, transporting, or possessing with intent to sell, dispense, or compound cannabis, cannabis analog, or any preparation containing cannabis, if:

(a) The actor is a qualifying patient who has been issued a valid registry identification card, was in possession of cannabis in a quantity and location permitted pursuant to this chapter, and was engaged in the therapeutic use of cannabis; or

(b) The actor is a designated caregiver who has been issued a valid registry identification card was in possession of a cannabis in a quantity and location permitted pursuant to this chapter, and was engaged in the therapeutic use of cannabis on behalf of a qualifying patient.

II. This section shall not be construed as an affirmative defense for any offense other than those acts as set forth in paragraph I.

126-W:6 Departmental Rules.

I. Not later than one year after the effective date of this chapter, the department shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, governing:

(a) The form and content of applications for issuance and renewals of registry identification cards for qualifying patients and designated caregivers.

(b) The form and content of providers’ written certifications.

(c) Procedures for considering, approving, and denying applications for issuance and renewals of registry identification cards, and for revoking registry identification cards.

(d) Fees pursuant to RSA 126-W:4, I(b) and paragraph II of this section for applications for registry identification cards, and pursuant to RSA 126-W:4, IX(f) for re-issuance of replacement registry identification cards.

(e) Fines pursuant to RSA 126-W:4, IX(e) for failure of the qualifying patient or designated caregiver to notify the department of any changes to his or her name, address, designated caregiver in the case of a qualifying patient, or alternative treatment center.

II. The department’s rules shall establish application and renewal fees for registry identification cards in accordance with the following:

(a) The fee structure by the department for alternative treatment centers and registry identification cards shall generate revenues sufficient to offset all department expenses of implementing and administering this chapter; however,

(b) The department may accept donations from private sources without the approval of the governor and council in order to reduce the application and renewal fees for qualifying patients.

III.(a) Not later than 18 months after the effective date of this section, the department shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, governing alternative treatment centers and the manner in which it shall consider applications for registration certificates for alternative treatment centers, including, but not limited to:

(1) The form and content of registration and renewal applications.

(2) Administrative requirements.

(3) Security requirements, which shall include at a minimum, lighting, physical security, video security, alarm requirements, measures to prevent loitering, and on-site parking.

(4) Liability insurance.

(5) Sanitary requirements.

(6) Electrical safety requirements.

(7) The specification of acceptable forms of picture identification that an alternative treatment center may accept when verifying a sale.

(8) Personnel requirements including how many volunteers an alternative treatment center is permitted to have and requirements for supervision.

(9) Labeling standards.

(10) Procedures for suspending or terminating the registration of alternative treatment centers that violate the provisions of this chapter or the rules adopted pursuant to this chapter, a schedule of fines for such violations, and procedures for appealing any enforcement actions.

(11) Procedures for inspections and investigations.

(12) Advertising restrictions, including a prohibition of misrepresentation and unfair practices.

(13) Permissible hours of operation.

(14) The fees for the processing and review of applications for registration as an alternative treatment center and regulation of an alternative treatment center after it has been approved by the department. Such fees shall be established in an amount that covers all costs of the department for the review, registration, and regulation of alternative treatment centers.

(15) Procedures for determining and enforcing the daily maximum amount of therapeutic cannabis which an alternative treatment center may cultivate or possess pursuant to RSA 126-W:8, XV(a).

(b) The department shall adopt rules with the goal of protecting against diversion and theft, without imposing an undue burden on the alternative treatment centers or compromising the confidentiality of qualifying patients and their designated caregivers.

126-W:7 Departmental Administration; Alternative Treatment Centers.

I. Within 18 months of the effective date of this section, provided that at least 2 applications have been submitted that score sufficiently high to receive a certificate, the department shall issue alternative treatment center registration certificates geographically located to the 2 highest-scoring applicants. Each registration certificate shall include a registry number that is unique to the alternative treatment center.

II. Any time an alternative treatment center registration certificate is revoked, relinquished, or expires without a renewal application being submitted, the department shall accept applications for a new alternative treatment center and issue a registration certificate to the applicant who scores the highest.

III. If at any time after 2 years after the effective date of this section, fewer than 3 alternative treatment centers hold valid registration certificates in New Hampshire, the department shall accept applications for a new alternative treatment center. No more than 4 alternative treatment centers geographically located may hold valid registration certificates at one time.

IV.(a) An alternative treatment center applicant shall submit a completed department-approved application form with all required documentation and a non-refundable fee in an amount set by department rule. The alternative treatment center application and supporting materials shall include, at a minimum:

(1) The legal name, articles of incorporation, and bylaws of the alternative treatment center.

(2) The proposed physical address of the alternative treatment center, if a precise address has been determined, or, if not, the general location where it would be located. This may include a second location for the cultivation of cannabis.

(3) A description of the enclosed, locked facility that would be used in the cultivation of cannabis by the alternative treatment center.

(4) The name, address, and date of birth of each principal officer and board member of the alternative treatment center. The board of directors for the non-profit shall include at least one physician, advance practice registered nurse, or pharmacist licensed to practice in New Hampshire and at least one patient qualified to register as a qualifying patient. The majority of board members shall be New Hampshire residents. Medical professionals may sit on the alternative treatment center board but may not maintain ownership of the center.

(5) Proposed security and safety measures that comply with the rules issued pursuant to RSA 126-W:6, including a description of interior and exterior lighting and security systems.

(6) The distance from any pre-existing private or public school.

(7) A copy of the proposed policy regarding services to qualifying patients who cannot afford to purchase cannabis for therapeutic use.

(8) Information demonstrating the applicant’s knowledge of organic growing methods to be used in the growing and cultivation of cannabis.

(9) Steps that will be taken to ensure the quality of the cannabis, including purity and consistency of dose.

(10) A start-up timetable that provides an estimated time from registration of the alternative treatment center to full operation and the assumptions used for the basis of those estimates.

(11) Information showing the applicant’s experience running a non-profit or other business.

(12) A description of any additional services that will be available to patients.

(13) The applicant’s plans for record keeping and inventory control.

(b) Any time one or more alternative treatment center registration applications are being considered, the department shall, in partnership with the local governing body of the town or city where the applicants would be located, solicit input from the qualifying patients, designated caregivers, and the residents of the towns or cities.

(c) Each time an alternative treatment center certificate is granted, the decision shall be geographically located based on the overall health needs of qualifying patients and the safety of the public. The department shall evaluate applications for alternative treatment center registration certificates using an impartial and numerically scored competitive bidding process developed by the department in accordance with this chapter. The department shall require applicants to meet a minimum score to be considered. The registration considerations shall include the following criteria:

(1) The suitability of the proposed location or locations, including compliance with any local zoning laws and geographic convenience to patients from throughout the state of New Hampshire to alternative treatment centers if the applicant were approved.

(2) The proposed alternative treatment center’s plan for operations and services, whether it has sufficient capital to operate, and ability to provide a steady supply of cannabis to the qualifying patients in the state.

(3) The principal officer and board members’ character and relevant experience, including any training or professional licensing related to medicine, pharmaceuticals, natural treatments, botany, or cannabis cultivation and preparation and their experience running a non-profit organization or business.

(4) The applicant’s plan for making cannabis available on an affordable basis to qualifying patients enrolled in Medicaid or receiving Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance.

(5) The applicant’s plan for safe and accurate packaging and labeling of cannabis, including the applicant’s plan for ensuring that all cannabis is free of contaminants.

(6) The sufficiency of the applicant’s plans for record keeping and inventory control. Records shall be considered confidential health care information under New Hampshire law and shall be deemed protected health care information for purposes of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended. Any dispensing records that an alternative treatment center is required to keep shall document transactions according to qualifying patients’ and designated caregivers’ registry identification numbers, rather than their names, to protect their confidentiality.

(7) The sufficiency of the applicant’s plans for safety and security, including proposed location and security devices employed.

(8) Whether the entity possesses or has the right to use sufficient land, buildings, and equipment to properly carry out its duties as an alternative treatment center.

V. After an alternative treatment center is approved, but before it begins operations, it shall submit the registration and regulation fee paid to the department in accordance with the rules adopted by the department. Annual fees thereafter shall be paid in accordance with the rules adopted by the department.

VI. Information required to be submitted to the department on an application for an alternative treatment center identifying the locations where cannabis is proposed to be grown, cultivated, harvested, and otherwise prepared for distribution to qualifying patients, designated caregivers, and alternative treatment centers, and any other department records identifying such location, shall be considered to be confidential information and not subject to disclosure pursuant to RSA 91-A, except that:

(a) Such information may be disclosed to a state or local law enforcement agency upon request for purposes of enforcement under this chapter;

(b) The location may be disclosed to towns and cities when seeking input on locations, provided that town and city representatives keep the information confidential; and

(c) The name, address, and phone number of alternative treatment centers may be disclosed to qualifying patients.

VII. The alternative treatment center’s certificate may be revoked at any time it commits a violation of this chapter or rules adopted by the department, including if it negligently or knowingly allows cannabis to be distributed to someone who is not ex